After a tumultuous 18 months post-Brexit, the deadline for applications under the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021.
Why is this important?
After this date, only EEA and Swiss citizens who have pre-settled or settled status (or active applications) will be able to live and work in the UK legally and have access to various public services. Any EEA or Swiss citizens who would like to have settled status, or pre-settled status (for them or their family member) must apply by this date to guarantee having their applications considered.
Successful applicants will be given either settled status, usually when an individual has lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period, or pre-settled status, when an individual has not lived in the UK for 5 years in a row but has been in the UK since before 31 December 2020. Individuals who have pre-settled status will then be able to apply to switch settled status once they have been in the UK for 5 years.
How to Apply?
Individuals who are eligible, can apply to the Scheme here.
It is completely free to apply to the Scheme, and anyone who has paid previously for this would be due a refund.
Note for Employers
As the deadline looms, employers should be encouraging any eligible employees to apply for pre-settled or settled status as soon as possible if they have not done so already. Employers are under a duty to ensure that all employees and workers have the legal right to work in the UK. Any employers who employ staff, or continue to employ staff who do not have the legal right to work in the UK will be at risk of civil penalties and criminal prosecution.
How can we help?
If you have any questions relating to employment law please do not hesitate to contact a member of our specialist Employment team.
This article was co-written by Sarah Milne, Trainee Solicitor.