European Community

Brexit and EU Settlement

EU citizens who have have been living in the UK for many years under EU free movement law, and whose right to live in the UK was never subject to any requirement to register with the Home Office, are now having to make an application to stay here.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals living in the UK will be allowed to remain after Brexit. This is a relief for many Europeans who are currently residing in the country and have been left uncertain about their future status. However it is now a requirement that those wishing to retain their lawful residence here must register with the Home Office to obtain their residence approval.

EU nationals who were resident in the UK on/before 31 December 2020 can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme for either settled or pre-settled status to confirm their entitlement to work in the UK. They have until 30 June 2021 to apply and their right to work in the UK remains unaffected until then. However, after 31 December 2020 new arrivals from the EU who wish to live here will need to go through the same process as other non-European Migrants and in most cases will need to apply for approval before arrival.

What will happen to people who have not made an application under the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline is unclear. In the worst case scenario, it appears that the government intends to remove them from the UK.

The Home Office says that people who miss the deadline for “a good reason” will still be able to apply. These include those hospitalised or with with medical or mental issues, or other severe compassionate circumstances.

EU nationals with questions about their post-Brexit status or any aspect of the EU Settlement Scheme are advised to contact us (see our Contact page) for specific advice on their individual circumstances before attempting to apply to the Home Office.

EU Passports by Investments –
We are able to assist clients obtain EU citizenship by various investment schemes.

We at Carter Bedi McKay have extensive knowledge and experience in EU law and are able to assist individuals applying as qualified persons, family members, extended family members, unmarried partners, retained rights, and for documents certifying permanent right of residence.