30th of June will be the last day that EU Citizens can apply to stay in the UK.
EU citizens will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status up until 30th June 2021, giving them access to benefits such as NHS care and the option to apply for British Citizenship if they wish to.
Applications for staying in the UK by EU Citizens must take place online.
Applications can be made via this section of the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
Proof of identity will be a necessary requirement and it is free to apply.
The scheme is known as the EU settlement scheme, and applicants must usually have been resident in the UK since 31st December 2020.
A number of EU citizens are eligible to apply
If you, or your partner, are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you will need to apply to remain in the UK. You must have lived in the UK for 6 out of the 12 months of each year in the past 5 years continuously for settled status.
For pre-settled status you, or a partner or close family member, must have been living in the UK from 31st of December 2020. You will then be able to apply for settled status, which offers greater benefits, once you have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously.
Rights which will be available to you
With both settled and pre-settled status you will be able to:
· Work in the UK · Use NHS medical health care · Enrol in education courses · Access public benefits such as pensions · Travel freely in and out of the UK
For further detailed information please access the https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families section of the gov.uk website.
By Rosalie Priday.