26 June 2018
The government has published a Statement of Intent about the new settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families, which will allow them to continue living and working here as now after the UK leaves the EU.
The scheme is designed to be simple and straightforward and will be phased in later this year – immigration rules will be formally laid later this summer. It will then gradually open more widely until its full launch by the end of March 2019, to enable EU citizens arriving before the end of 2020 to apply for their status.
EU citizens and their family members do not need to do anything now. There will be no change to their current rights until the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020, and the deadline for applications to the scheme for those resident here by the end of 2020 will be 30 June 2021.
The statement reiterates a number of previous government commitments, including that:
Applications will be via a short online process.
Most EU citizens will only need to prove their identity and demonstrate their residence in the UK. They will be required to declare whether they have any criminal convictions and we will check that they are not a serious or persistent criminal.
It will cost £65 and £32.50 for children under 16.
It will be free for those with valid documented permanent residence or valid indefinite leave to remain or enter.
Further details about the scheme can be viewed here. When the scheme launches, there will be a range of user-friendly guidance and support in place, including a customer contact centre, to help citizens through the process.