The result of Brexit has left many European Citizens residing in the United Kingdom uncertain of their status. A solution has been reached by the British government and the European Union for all EU citizens living in the UK. The government have introduced the European Settlement Scheme, which will be replacing what was formerly known as Permanent Residency.
Two types of status will be available:
Settled Status: this will be applicable to all EU citizens who have been residing in the UK continuously for a minimum of 5 years. This will mean they will be able to stay indefinitely. They will be considered as UK residents, and continue to be able to live and reside in the UK and have access to benefits such as healthcare and pensions.
Pre-Settled Status: this will be applicable to all EU citizens who already have been residing in the UK but have not yet completed 5 years of residency. They will be able to apply for Pre-Settled Status, and although they will not be considered UK residents yet, they will be able to continue to live and reside in the UK and have access to benefits such as healthcare and pensions. Once they have completed 5 years on the Pre-Settled Status, they will be eligible to apply for Settled Status.
The acquiring of this status is not automatic; an application needs to be made to the Home Office under the EU Settlement Scheme. Failure to do so means that the individual will not possess a regulated status in the UK.
Quantum Law Associates offers full assistance in making either of the EU Settlement Scheme applications. Clients will attend our offices and will be guided throughout full process.