Home Office launch new EU Citizens' Rights website
Today, March 16th 2018, the UK Home Office has launched a brand new website which brings together all the information regarding EU Citizens' Rights in the UK during and after Brexit.
↑ Screenshot of eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk
The website details the agreement between the EU and the UK that will protect EU Citizens' Rights who are currently living in the UK.
The website also details what you need to do if you are an EU Citizen and you have not yet got your 'settled status'.
AM Law Solicitors can help with all types of applications. So if you are from the EU and need some advice on what you need to next, please contact us. Call us on 0115 845 6583 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Included on this website are 3 case studies, that are very useful and explain what happens in different situations for EU Citizens who are living in the UK.
Case Study #1: ‘Andriana’ will have been resident in the UK for 10 years when the UK leaves the EU
Andriana is a Greek national who will have been resident in the UK for 10 years on 29 March 2019.
Andriana will continue to have the right to exercise her free movement rights to live and work in the UK up to the point that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. As Andriana has been living continuously in the UK for over 5 years (without an absence of more than 2 years after that 5 years), she also immediately qualifies for settled status, subject to criminality and security checks.
This means she can apply for settled status under the new UK scheme once it is open. Once she has received her status she does not need to do anything further after the UK leaves the EU. Andriana will have successfully obtained her immigration status in UK law.
It’s OK if Andriana doesn’t immediately apply for settled status. She can remain in the UK after exit and continue her activities for a period of 2 years. However, she must apply to the Home Office by 29 March 2021 for permission to stay if she intends to carry on living in the UK afterwards.
Case Study #2: ‘Christophe’ arrived before the UK’s exit but won’t have been resident in the UK for 5 years when we leave the EU
Christophe is a French teacher who arrived before the UK’s exit from the EU and will have been resident in the UK for 4 years at the point the UK leaves the EU.
After the UK leaves, Christophe will be able to continue to live and work in the UK until 29 March 2021 without having to make an application. As soon as Christophe has been resident for 5 years, he will be entitled to apply for settled status which will allow him to settle in the UK permanently.
Case Study #3: ‘Lukas’ arrived before the UK’s exit but won’t have been resident in the UK for 5 years by the end of the 2-year period after exit
Lukas is an Austrian national who came to work in the UK before the cut-off date. He will have been resident in the UK for 2 years before the UK’s exit from the EU.
After the UK leaves the EU, Lukas will be able to continue to live and work in the UK during the 2-year period after exit without having to apply for any permission. He must apply to the Home Office for a temporary residence status if he wishes to continue to live in the UK after 29 March 2021. This will enable him to continue lawfully living and working in the UK until he meets the 5-year threshold.
Once Lukas has been resident for 5 years he will be entitled to apply for settled status which will allow him to settle in the UK permanently.