Borough Insight

EU deadline looming

Image: clock overlaid with EU and UK flags European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens, or their family members, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021 to protect their rights whilst living in the UK.

If those residents do not apply by this deadline, they could lose their existing rights to live, work, and access free healthcare in the UK.

If an applicant has accrued five years of "continuous residence" in the UK, then they may be eligible for "settled status" (also known as permanent residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain). If an applicant does not have five years of "continuous residence" in the UK but has been "resident" in the UK at some point before 31 December 2020, then they might be eligible for "pre-settled status", a five-year UK visa. A pre-settled status holder can apply for settled status once they are eligible.

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