United Kingdom Creates New Settled Status for European Union Nationals and Family Members

The United Kingdom is creating a new Settled Status for European Union nationals and their family members residing in the UK. This new designation arose from an agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The new Settled Status replaces the current permanent residence status that is granted under EU Law.

Negotiations pertaining to the UK’s exit from the EU, also known as BREXIT, continue on specific matters pertaining to the exit process.

What are the important timeline dates?

The Month of March 2019: The application process will be fully open

March 29, 2019: The United Kingdom exits the European Union

The Timeframe from March 30, 2019 through December 31, 2020: Implementation Period for BREXIT

December 31, 2020: Five Year Residency deadline for EU citizens and immediate family members residing in the UK

June 30, 2021: The deadline for applying for the new Settled Status

Who is eligible to apply for the new Settled Status?

  • All European Union nationals and their qualifying family members (spouses, unmarried and civil partners, children) living in the UK on a continuous basis for five years up to December 31, 2020.
    • NOTE: A fee comparable to the current cost of a UK passport (£80) will apply.
  • All European Union nationals who arrive in the UK prior to the December 31, 2020 deadline, have not met the five year residency rule, but who do want to remain in the UK.
    • NOTE: Must apply for temporary “pre-Settled Status” permission to reside in the UK until they meet the requirements for the new Settled Status.
    • NOTE: A fee comparable to the current cost of a UK passport (£80) will apply.
  • Immediate family members of European Union nationals who arrive in the UK prior to the December 31, 2020 deadline, have not met the five year residency rule, but who do want to remain in the UK—ONLY if the family relationship existed BEFORE December 31, 2020.
    • NOTE: Must apply for temporary “pre-Settled Status” permission to reside in the UK until they meet the requirements for the new Settled Status.
    • NOTE: A fee comparable to the current cost of a UK passport (£80) will apply.
  • Current EU citizens residing in the UK who hold permanent residence status or plan to do so before December 31, 2020 must exchange this document for the new Settled Status in order to continue residing in the UK after the deadline.
    • NOTE: There should be no fee to exchange this document if the EU citizen currently holds permanent residence status.

What is the process to apply for the new Settled Status?

The United Kingdom Home Office will be introducing a new online application process. This new process will eliminate the current requirement to complete an application form and provide several supporting documents. The Home Office notes that the new process will link to relevant government departments. Also, the new process will synchronize records to automatically confirm data such as the applicant’s work history.

Applicants for the new Settled Status, or those applying for temporary permission to reside in the UK until they meet the residency requirements for Settled Status, must prove their identity and nationality. Acceptable documents include a current passport, Identification Card, and a recent photograph. Applicants must also declare any criminal convictions on their records.

When will the new Settled Status application system be in use?

The United Kingdom Home Office is targeting the application system to be fully open by March 2019.

What should employers do?

Companies that have current EU national employees residing in the United Kingdom should review their eligibility under the new Settled Status requirements and plan accordingly. EU national employees and their family members should learn about and understand the UK’s new residency and application requirements if they wish to remain in the United Kingdom.

Conclusion

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