This month, we’ve got some reassuring news for EU citizens living and working in the UK.
Following on from last month’s post on Brexit Immigration Policies, we are now starting to get a little more clarity on what the EU settlement scheme will actually look like and how the application process will work.
In mid-June, Home Secretary Sajid Javid wrote an open letter to EU citizens, outlining the developments of a new online service they will need to use to apply for settled status.
Here’s what it laid out.
Eligibility – Who Can Stay
EU citizens and their family members who have been living in the UK for 5 years or more by December 2020 will be eligible to apply for settled status. This means they can continue to live, work and access healthcare, benefits and pensions in the same way they do now.
EU citizens who arrive by the end of 2020 but have not lived here for 5 years will be eligible for pre-settled status. This will convert to settled status after living in the UK continuously (at least 6 months a year) after 5 years of residence.
As part of the commitment, Sajid Javid assured citizens that the default position would be to grant settled status rather than refuse it.
The Application Process
The letter also promised the introduction of a simple, streamlined online process with just three sections. EU citizens applying for settled status will need to:
To make things easier, the system will automatically check employment and benefit records. For the majority of people this should mean that all they need to do is type in personal details and pay for the application.
Pricing and Timelines
The letter also outlined the cost of applying for settled status:
Those people with valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain will be able to exchange this for settled status, free of charge.
The scheme is not currently live but is expected to be launched later in 2018, to be fully open by March 2019. The government has put a deadline on applications of 30th June 2021.
You’ll find additional information about the rights of EU workers post Brexit on last month’s Brexit Immigration Policies blog.
Full information on the new scheme, regulations and application process can be found on the government website, at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.
EU Citizens can also sign up for government email alerts and updates on developments about the next steps they need to take here.
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Prestige Recruitment has a successful track record in supporting businesses with all their personnel needs. With Brexit fast approaching, we are committed to ensuring that all our clients can access the labour and skills required and are happy to provide advice and support related to the ever-evolving EU worker and citizen regulations.
Whatever your recruitment needs, we take a proactive approach designed to ensure you benefit from the right temporary, permanent and seasonal labour. We are keeping a close eye on all the latest changes in legislation and are happy to work with all our clients to design, implement and deliver effective recruitment strategies to mitigate the impact of Brexit.
Where clients need large volumes of low-skilled workers or seasonal labour, we push hard to fill these roles quickly, conducting targeted, localised recruitment drives and active marketing programmes that are proven to deliver results.
When it comes to our candidates from the EU, we are always happy to offer honest advice, expert support and signpost them to the right resources needed to continue working in the UK post-Brexit.
For additional information or proactive recruitment support, contact your local Prestige Recruitment Specialists office today.