Are you an EU Citizen living in the UK?
With Brexit still looming, many EU Citizens living in the UK are worried they may be forced to leave. This is not the case, and, if you are an EEA National you are advised to register your status in the UK under the settlement scheme.
This scheme allows those of you who have recently moved to the UK to register your ‘pre-settled’ status. This allows you to regularize your stay until you reach 5 years, whereby you can then apply for settled status.
The Pre–Settled status allows you to then exercise your treaty rights and have access to healthcare, pensions and benefits.
It is recommended that you should register your stay even if you have been in the UK for over 5 years. The benefit of doing so would mean you could have the option to apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen immediately should you meet the necessary requirements.
The current deadline for applying is 31 Dec 2020 if Brexit does go through with No Deal, and 30 June 2021 if there is a Deal and the draft ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ is approved.
Your status can be registered at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status.
We understand how worrying this situation can be, even for those who have lived and worked in the UK for many years and we are here to help.
If you have any immigration queries, whether it be registering your status, applying for Permanent Residence or Naturalisation as a British Citizen, you can contact our Immigration specialist, Nikki Ruparelia on 01420 558334.