UK has left EU and the transitional period, which is currently in place for EEA citizens will come to an end by the end of 2020. After the transitional period has ended, all EEA citizens will be required to have acquired either settled or pre-settled status in the UK to remain in the UK legally. If you are an EEA national and you have Permanent Residence, you will be required to obtain either settled or pre-settled status. The deadline to apply for EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.
- You will normally qualify for a Settled Status if you have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously and can evidence that you were economically active/working. If you have not gained 5 years continuous residence in the UK, you may qualify for a pre-settled status.
- If you have obtained Settled Status, you can spend up to 5 years outside the UK without losing your Status. If you have Pre-Settled Status, you can spend up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your status.
- If you have acquired Settled Status, any children born in the UK will automatically be British citizens. If you have pre-settled status, any children born in the UK will be automatically eligible for a pre-settled status.
- If you're not EEA national, however you relate to an EEA national such as spouse, partner or unmarried partner, you may still be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status if you can evidence your relationship to an EEA national.
At Fox & Allen Veritas Solicitors we can guide you through the application process and advise you on the documents you will need to provide and the most appropriate applicaton for you.