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Since the UK decided to leave the European Union many EU citizens and their families have felt unsettled and anxious about their status in the UK once BREXIT happens.
In June of this year, the UK government announced the way forward for EU citizens who want to remain in the UK after June 2021.
NOTE: Rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein & Switzerland are still being negotiated. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-office-publishes-details-of-settlement-scheme-for-eu-citizens
All EU citizens and their families will be able to apply for “settled status”. The full scheme for this opens in March 2019. If you already have indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or are an Irish citizen, you do not need to apply, but family members will.
The deadline for applications is 30th June 2021, although you may be able to apply to join a family member after this.
To be eligible you need to be:
an EU citizen or family member; have been living in the UK continuously for 5 years and have started living in the UK by 31st December 2020. If your UK residency has been less than 5 years, you’ll be eligible for “pre-settled status” instead.
What does having settled status mean for me?
You’ll be able to live and work in the UK indefinitely and means that you’re eligible for public services such as healthcare & schools, benefits and pensions as well as British citizenship (if you meet the requirements).
What about my children?
Children born in the UK are automatically British citizens. Otherwise you will have to apply for all children under the age of 21.
How do I apply?
There will be an application form online.
You’ll need proof of identity; your residence in the UK; and your relationship to an EU family member living in the UK if you’re from outside the EU.
How much will this cost?
If I leave the UK after I get settled status, will I lose it?
Only if you are out of the country for more than 5 years.
For full information see: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families