In July 2017, the UK government reached an agreement with the European Union regarding citizen rights. This agreement provides certainty to EU nationals in the UK, as it will allow them to stay in the country once the UK leaves the EU. The UK then launched the EU Settlement Scheme to allow EU citizens to continue living and working in the UK. The scheme still entitles EU residents to use the NHS or study in the UK.
Originally, this was supposed to cost £65 to apply. However, the government has recently announced that it will waive the fee to ensure that “there is no financial barrier for any EU nationals who want to stay”.
The government trialled the application to EU residents working in the higher education, health and social care sectors in December and recently opened a new pilot through an Android app.
The scheme will fully open on 30th March. EU citizens who have been in the UK for five years or more will be able to apply for a “settled status”. Those who have been in the UK for less than five years will be allowed to remain in the UK under a pre-settled status until they reach the five-year threshold and become eligible.
Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme step-by-step here.
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