The new EU Settlement scheme entails new changes for EEA nationals living in the UK.
If you are an EEA citizen and you are currently living in the UK, you and your family will be able to apply for a pre-settled or settled status from March 2019. This new status will allow you to continue living in the UK after December 2020.
Getting settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020. However, you may be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.
The Home Office Fees for these applications will be respectively £65 if you’re 16 or over and £32.50 if you’re under 16. You will not be required to pay any fees if you already have valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK, valid permanent residence document, or you’re applying to move from pre-settled status to settled status as well as if you’re a child in local authority care.
The “settled status” will allow you to reside in the UK permanently, apply for British citizenship and having children in the UK who will become automatically British citizens.
On the other hand, the “pre-settled status” will enable you to reside in the UK for 5 more years. Upon completion of 5 years of continuous residence in the UK, you will be able to apply for settled status, having children in the UK who will acquire automatically the pre-settled status, work in the UK, use the NHS, enrol in education, access public funds, and bring family members after 31 December 2020.
Another good new is that there will not be obligation of keeping a physical document, but the you will be provided with a digital document unless both of the following apply:
you’re from outside the EU
you do not already have a biometric residence card
If you require assistance or wish to have further information, do not hesitate to contact an Immigration Advisor on 020 3693 7591.