EU Settlement Scheme

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The EU Settlement Scheme is a free scheme that was introduced to allow EU citizens living and working in the UK to continue to do so following Brexit on 31 January 2020.

You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you/your family member is from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland; the EEA also includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. You will also need to provide various documents in support, such as your proof of identity and proof of continuous residence in the UK.

So far, there have been over 3.6 million applicants and more than 3.3 million people have now been granted status. There is now less than one year left to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. The application deadline is on 30 June 2021.

Head of Services at The Refugee and Migrant Centre Abbas Baig said:

“With only a year left until the deadline, we encourage everyone eligible to apply now to secure their status and feel confident about their future in the United Kingdom after Brexit.”

If eligible applicants do not apply by the current deadline, then they will no longer be living in the UK legally. There are also currently delays with the Home Office processing such applications in light of COVID-19. If your application is successful, then you will either be given settled or pre-settled status and can continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

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