Apply for EU Settlement Scheme
EEA Nationals & their Family members can Apply to remain in the UK after 30th June 2021 due to Brexit under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Because of Brexit the Home Office decided to change the basis of immigration leave for EEA nationals and their family members already in the UK.
They created a new scheme called the EU Settlement Scheme, which consists of two new immigration statuses for affected migrants: Pre-Settled Status (which is similar to the previous EEA Residence Card status) and Settled Status (which is similar to the previous Permanent Residence status). Those who hold leave under the previous EU scheme must at some point switch to the new scheme, or they will lose their legal basis of stay in the UK.
Applications from outside the UK for EEA Family Permits are continuing as normal for the time being (coronavirus permitting), and are not part of the EU Settlement Scheme.
Pre Settled status application & Settled status application can be submitted online. Pre Settled status and benefits include being able to continue to live in the UK for 5 years after which the holder can apply for Permanent stay, access to NHS, access to government funding for studies in the UK etc.
The Home Office has made it convenient to apply for Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status. For a start there is no application fee, which is helpful. But the application process is far easier than it is for other types of visa application, and the eligibility criteria are much less strict than they were for EU applications under the previous regime.
A qualified migrant who is in the UK may apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status. If they have been in the UK for less than five years then they should be granted Pre-Settled Status and if for more than five years then they should be granted Settled Status. When you apply for EU Settled status there could be various ways of proving presence in the UK but the most relied upon method is HMRC tax records. Applicants must give their National Insurance number, if they have one, and the Home Office will check their working history.
The application process is relatively simple. No physical documents normally need to be posted to the Home Office: the application is submitted by the internet and Mobile Application which has been developed by the Home Office. You can apply for Settled status for child as parents and if the Home Office requires further information and documents they can contact you.
If you want further advice or you want to apply for under the EU Settlement Scheme we will be able to help you. If you want to apply for Settled status and are not sure what documents you can use to ensure you are granted Settled status rather than Pre settled status contact us and we will advise you.
Requirements to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme
EU Settlement Scheme requires you to provide relevant evidence to the Home Office in support of your application which can include details:
- Either you are an EEA National or a Family member of an EEA National
- Valid Passport or Identity Card of the applicant to confirm their nationality
- Proof of residence in the UK if you are already in the UK
- National Insurance number (if you have been issued one, if not you can Apply for National Insurance number)
- Relationship evidence if applying as a Family member of an EU/EEA National
You can be granted Pre Settled Status if you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years and Settled Status if you have lived in the UK for 5 or more years. If you wish to become British Citizen you can apply for Naturalisation once you have obtained Settled status, upon meeting all the requirements for Naturalisation.
To read more details about becoming British Citizen you can obtain further information on: https://gsnimmigration.co.uk/apply-for-british-citizenship/
Home Office has incorrectly given Pre settled status to many applicants when they were clearly meeting the requirements for Settled status, such was the case for the UK’s Top Chef who has cooked for the Royal family, read more.
If you think you should have been issued with the Settled Status but the Home Office has issued you with the Pre Settled Status, you can challenge this decision and our experienced Immigration Lawyers can assist you with this.
What we can do for you for a successful EU Settlement scheme application
We will assess your circumstances and confirm your eligibility to apply for the EU settlement scheme and also inform you of the likelihood of the status you will obtain based on your situation. We will process the full application for you and complete it in one day! If the Home Office requires more information and documentation to process your application we will correspond with them on your behalf and keep you updated at all times.
We are able to explain and guide you on how to meet each of the specific requirements for the EU Settlement scheme. We have helped many applicants who have had EU settlement scheme applications granted successfully, be they EEA NAtionals or direct family members or extended family members. We have even helped clients when they have been given incorrect status and have redone their application and made it successful with the status they should have been granted in the first place.
We will continue to make ourselves available during and after the submission of your application until a decision is made.
We will work hard to advise you so that you have the best chance of success.
Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration lawyers in London to handle your EU settlement scheme application. We work with clients from all over the world, so if you are not in London, do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world. We have helped clients from Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.
We have assisted many clients to apply for EU Settlement scheme from all over the world.
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