What happens to EU nationals and their family members when UK leaves the European Union?

EU nationals and their family members can apply to remain in the UK under the new EU Settlement Scheme.

The scheme will open fully from 30th March 2019 and there will be no fee payable by those who have permanent residence or indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK. One can still make an application now and pay £65, which will be refunded thereafter.

If an application is successful, you will acquire “Settled Status” or “Pre-settled Status”. You will acquire settled status if you have been living in the UK by 31st December 2020 and for a continuous period of 5 years. If you have not been living in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years, you will acquire pre-settled status after which you can apply for “settle status” after you have accumulated a period of 5 years.

It is important that you are aware of the deadline for making an application within the scheme which is 30th June 2021. However, if the UK leave the EU without a deal, the deadline for the application is 31st December 2020.
The application process has been simplified; you will be able to apply online using an Android form, which will allow you to scan documents in support of your case and identity documents.

If you require further information on this process, please contact our office on 0116 340 0094 for further advice.