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What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme has been created by the UK Government for people from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and their family members who are living in the UK and who want to remain when the UK leaves the EU.

Settlement status will provide EU nationals, and their family members, with the right to live and work in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. Pre-settlement status will allow you to apply for settled status when you have lived in the UK for 5 continuous years as a ‘qualified’ person.

It is free to apply and applications should be made before 31st December 2020.

 

How do I apply?

Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

The first stage of the process is to confirm your identity by uploading your ID and a photograph. Once this is done, you complete the application online.
The process is usually straight forward and all members of the family have to apply individually, including children.

If you are unsure about whether or how to apply you can contact Citizens Advice in West Sussex for further information.

If you live or work in the Mid Sussex area, Citizens Advice in West Sussex, working in conjunction with Mid Sussex District Council, can provide you with information about the scheme, support you to apply, and help you deal with any problems that may arise.

For further information or support please call 0344 477 1171 or email us your contact details and our Caseworker will contact you back: EUMidSussex@westsussexcab.org.uk

If you need help with your application but you live outside Mid Sussex, please call 0344 477 1171.

 

Please, scroll down to find answers to some commonly asked questions and information for employers.
All details were correct at the time of going to press.
*Information last updated: Friday May 22nd, 2.15pm*

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EU Settlement Scheme frequently asked questions
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Information for EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their families

Who can apply for settled or pre-settled status?

Any EU national or their family member can apply as long as they are living in the UK.

To be eligible for pre-settled status you will have to show that you have lived in the UK for one day. For settled status, you will have to show that you have lived in the UK as a qualified person for 5 continuous years.

 

I already have permanent residence. Do I need to apply?

Yes. People who have previously been granted permanent residence will need to apply.

 

Why should I apply for settled or pre-settled status?

If you or your family members want to stay in the UK after 31st December 2020 you will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status. Settled status will give you the right to continue to work, to rent housing, to access the NHS, and to access benefits in the UK. Pre-settled status will allow you to continue with the same rights for work and housing as you have now. When you have lived in the UK for 5 years as a qualified person you can apply for settled status.

When you apply and give your information the process will tell you whether you can be awarded settled or pre-settled status.

 

What happens if I do not apply or am not granted settled or pre-settled status?

The process for applying is straight forward. If you are not planning to stay in the UK you do not have to apply. Most people who have applied have been successful in their application. If you have a problem with applying there is a range of help available. If you live or work in Mid Sussex you can get help from a Citizens Advice caseworker.

If you do not apply you will not be able to continue to work, rent property, access the NHS for free or claim, or continue to receive benefits.

 

Is there a deadline for applying?

Yes. The official deadline is 30th June 2021. Citizens Advice is encouraging people to apply by 31st December 2020 to protect themselves and their family’s position in the UK.

 

How do I apply?

The information is all on the GOV.UK website. You are expected to apply online.

https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus

First of all you need to upload a copy of your ID document and a current photograph. Then you complete the online application.

Once you have completed the application you should get an indication straight away as to whether you will be offered settled or pre-settled status. You will also be told if there was a problem with your application and if more information is needed.

 

There is a lot of support to help you apply. If you live or work in Mid Sussex you can contact the EU Settlement Caseworker who will help you through the process.

EUMidSussex@westsussexcab.org.uk – send us your contact details and we will contact you back.

Information for employers

What is the EU Settlement Scheme and why is it important to me?

Because of the Brexit referendum and decision, the UK is leaving the EU. When the UK leaves the EU the rights of people from the EU and their families will change including the right to work in the UK.

The UK government has set up the EU settlement scheme to support people from the EU and their family members to apply for settled or pre-settle status to give them the opportunity to stay in the UK and to continue working.

Amongst your workforce, you may have a number of people who are from the EU or who are family members of people from the EU. They may not be aware that they need to apply to retain their rights in the UK.

You may have many valued and important employees who you would not want to lose from your workforce.

You can provide information to your employees about the EU settlement scheme and how to apply.

https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus

We are encouraging people to apply to the scheme by 31st December 2020.

 

 

Where can I find out more information and get help?

The government has produced information for employers to use to promote the EU settlement scheme to their workforce

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-employer-toolkit

You can get information about how someone applies to the scheme from the gov.uk website.

https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus

If your business is based in Mid Sussex you can contact the EU Settlement Caseworker who will help you or your employees through the process.

EUMidSussex@westsussexcab.org.uk – send us your contact details and we will contact you back.

Self-help information

Please click here to access the UK Government information on the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you would like to read information about the EU Settlement Scheme in a different language, please click here.

Please click here to access a step-by-step guide in the GOV.UK website.

For more information, please visit the Citizens Advice website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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