28 June 2021
June 30 deadline looms for settled status applications
There is now less than a week to go for EU citizens, who wish to remain living in the UK, to apply for settled status. However, the Home Office is allowing people indefinite time to complete an application, if they have a reasonable excuse for delay.
The government is also giving EU citizens who live in the UK, a 28-day notice to apply to remain.
Although around 5.6 million EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and their dependents have completed their settled status applications, there are still around 400,000 cases that have still not applied.
What is settled status?
The settled status allows EU and EEA citizens living in the UK to retain the same access to healthcare and benefits; rights of travel, residence and employment.
Immigration minister, Kevin Foster said, anyone whose application was not concluded by next week's deadline would not lose out, as their rights were protected in law.
You are entitled to settled status if you have been in the UK continuously for five years or more before 31 December 2020. Once you have settled status, you can spend up to five years in a row outside the UK without losing this right.
Anyone who has been in the UK for less than five years by the end of 2020 is eligible for pre-settled status. If you have pre-settled status you can live and work in the UK for up to a further five years to reach the five-year continuous residence threshold. Once you have reached the threshold, you will be able to apply to change to settled status but there is no guarantee it will be granted.