European Union or EU is a union of 27 member states. All these EU states are primarily located in Europe. Some major EU member states are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Finland, Spain, and the UK. Citizens of these countries are called EU Nationals or EU Citizens.
EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit
The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020 as a result of Brexit. Now, all EU nationals living in the UK need to apply for the EU settlement scheme if they wish to continue living in the UK. You will get either a “settled” or “pre-settled” status as a result of your application. Which status you get will depend on when you apply. However, you must have started living in the UK by 31st December 2020 to get one of these two statuses.
Currently despite the Brexit, all EU nationals will enjoy all their rights and status in the UK until 30th June 2021. If you wish to continue enjoying all your rights and status after 30th June 2021, you must apply for an EU settlement scheme.
EU settlement scheme
EU settlement scheme allows all EU nationals and their family members to continue living in the UK after Brexit. All those who get a successful decision on their application will get either settled or pre-settled status. The last day to make an application is 30th June 2021.
Settled Status & Pre-settled status
If you started living in the UK by 31st December 2020 and you have been in the UK 5 years or more, you will be given settled status.
If you don’t meet 5-year continuous living in the UK condition you will get Pre-settled status. With pre-settled status, you can stay in the UK until you complete 5 years here, after which you will be eligible to get a settled status.
Family members of EU nationals
Family members of EU nationals can be an EU national or non-EU national and will need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme
Family members of EU nationals after Brexit
Earlier one could apply for a family permit to join their family member in the UK. However, after the Brexit, the scenario has changed. All family members of EU nationals who wish to continue living with them in the UK or join them in the UK and live with them after Brexit need to apply for the EU settlement scheme, EU settlement scheme family permit or EEA family permit. Which scheme you need to apply depends on your nationality and relationship with an EU national living in the UK.
Eligibility for your family members
If your family member is also an EU national and they are or they come to the UK by 31st December 2020, they can apply for the EU settlement scheme to continue living in the UK.
However, if they fail to be in the UK by 31st December 2020 you may be able to still join you in the UK but under the new law which is likely going to be announced by January 2021.
Family members who are EU nationals but not in the UK by 31st December 2020
If your family member who is an EU national fails to be in the UK by 31st December 2020, they can join you in the UK provided the following conditions are met:
- You must already have either settled status or pre-settled status.
- Your relationship must have begun before 31st December 2020. However, if your family member is a Swiss Citizen the date applicable is 31st December 2025.
Family members who are non-EU nationals
If your family member is a non-EU, non-EEA and non-Switzerland national, they can apply for EU Settlement scheme family permit or EEA family permit to join you in the UK. However, in both cases, your family member must be outside the UK.
Close family members of EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme Family permit. Close family members include spouse, civil partner, dependent child or dependent parent of an EEA national.
Close or extended family members can apply for an EEA family permit. The extended family includes brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, nephew or niece.
If you are looking to apply for yourself or your family member contact Visa and Migration ltd on +44 (0)2034111261