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The EU Settlement Scheme

Remaining in the UK post-Brexit

The EU Settlement Scheme: Settled and Pre-Settled Status

If you are an EEA national and you and your family members wish to live in the UK after BREXIT, you must make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme for either Settled or Pre-Settled Status.
The closing date for making applications is 30 June 2021.

Making an application under the EU Settlement Scheme

The scheme is open to any EU national who started living in the UK before 31 December 2020.

EU nationals who fail to apply by 30 June 2021 will not be allowed to reside in the United Kingdom and will be considered illegal migrants

If you have obtained “Permanent Residence” from the Home Office you still need to apply under the EU Settled Scheme as “Permanent Residence” will no longer recognised.

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Settled Status

EEA nationals and their family member(s) who have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years are able to apply for settled status, also called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), under the EU Settlement Scheme.
In order to be eligible for ILR, the applicant only needs to have been resident in the UK for a continuous five-year period. They are not required to have worked in the UK, held comprehensive sickness insurance or otherwise have been a ‘qualified person’ under the pre-existing rules for EEA nationals living in the UK.

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Pre-settled status

EEA nationals and their family member(s) who have not lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years will be granted pre-settled status. There are no specific requirements that an applicant needs to meet other than being a resident of the UK. After living in the UK for a continuous period of five years you are then able to apply for settled status.

How can we help?

We will offer you a fixed fee service and we will undertake the following work on your behalf:

    We will meet with you and ensure you have the basic documents needed to apply;
    We use the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme app to scan your identity documents and take your photograph and then scan an image of your face;
    We will complete your application on the EU Settlement Scheme page of the Home Office website;
    At the end of completing the application, by the Home Office software making relevant checks with the HMRC, DWP, etc., you will be told immediately by the Home Office online system if they have all the information required to grant you Settled or Pre-Settled Status. If the Home Office system confirms the status you think you are entitled to, we submit the application and advise you when a decision letter has been issued.

In many cases, we find the Home Office online system does not hold enough information about you to grant Pre-Settled Status, or only offers Pre-Settled Status when you know you have been living in the UK for five years and are entitled to Settled Status. If this happens to you, we fully discuss your circumstances with you and advise you of the documents you require to obtain to prove to the Home Office you are entitled to the status you seek.
We will have further meetings with you to confirm the documents are complete and upload them to your application before submitting the application. We will then advise you when a decision letter has been issued.
After you have obtained “Settled” status, after 12 months you can apply to become a British Citizen. 

Contact Quinn Martin & Langan’s Immigration Lawyers for EU Settlement Legal Advice

If you need help with EU settlement matters, contact Quinn, Martin & Langan today. We understand that the application process can seem overwhelming, but our solicitors will help guide you through.