12 May 2021
EU Settlement Scheme - less than 50 days left to apply
With the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), time is fast running out for EU citizens wishing to apply for settled status in the UK.
Employers must pay attention to the status of their EU employees and use the opportunity of the upcoming deadline to have a conversation with eligible staff.
As reported in The Guardian EU citizens applying for settled status face legal limbo due to backlog | Brexit | The Guardian many, already in the system are in limbo due to backlogs so it is critical to have conversations and get any new applications in urgently.
Recent advice from the Home Office stats that; ‘all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay so that they can continue to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021.
As an employer it is not your responsibility to make sure your EU employees have applied, but you can play a role by reminding them of the approaching deadline and cascading the information in the employer toolkit available on GOV.UK.
You will not need to carry out retrospective Right to Work Checks on existing employees after the 30 June 2021 deadline. However, from 1 July, new EU, EEA and Swiss employees that you hire will need to demonstrate their right to work either with the pre-settled or settled status, or with a visa under the points-based immigration system.’