EU Settlement Scheme: What It Is & What It Means For You

In 2020, due to Brexit, there has been and will continue to be plenty of changes relating to EU workers and immigration rules and regulations. One of which is the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme. This new scheme will mean EU workers have an extra hurdle to jump over before being able to permanently reside in the UK. 

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at this new EU Settlement Scheme and see what steps EU workers may need to take in order to continue residing in the UK on a permanent basis.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

Simply put, the EU Settlement Scheme relates to the ‘settled status’ of EU workers in the UK. If you have settled status, it means you can legally live and work in the UK indefinitely, otherwise, you may not be able to work or stay here on a permanent basis.

You can also achieve ‘pre-settled status’ which allows you to stay working in the country for another 5 years, at the end of which you can apply for full settled status.


What does this mean?

  • EU nationals living or working in the UK, you’ll need to apply for settlement rights, through the EU Settlement Scheme before the 30th of June 2021.
  • Those that have already been working in the UK for 5 years or more, you’re very likely to be granted settled status.
  • Those that have been working in the UK for less than 5 years, you’ll likely to be granted pre-settled status and will need to apply for settled status on the 5-year mark.
  • This means all EU workers in the UK prior to the 31st of December 2020, will likely be able to stay in the UK for the rest of their lives if they wish.


Can workers be denied settled status?

The large majority of those applying for EU settlement will be accepted into one of the two categories. That is either settled status or pre-settled status. It’s very unlikely that anyone will be denied settlement at this stage unless they have a criminal record or are deemed a threat to the nation.


What are the next steps?

Over 3 million UK workers have already applied under the EU Settlement Scheme. Your employer should be able to help you with your application and you can find out more information on the Government’s official website here 


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Posted: Mon 13 Apr 2020
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