Where can I get the latest updates?
- The GOV.UK page ‘Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families’ is a good source of information on the current state of the settled status scheme and is updated regularly.
- There is an option to sign up for email updates on the scheme which you may find useful.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
- If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen living in the UK, and you want to continue living in the UK, the government is saying you and your family need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.
- You will be applying for a new immigration status called Settled Status. Proof of your settled status will be online only. It will not be a physical document.
- Once it has been granted, it will remain valid unless you leave the UK for a period of more than 5 years.
What does the EU Settlement do?
- Allow you and your family to continue to live and work in the UK.
- It will mean you are eligible for: public services (such as healthcare and schools), public funds and pensions and British citizenship if you meet the requirements and want to apply.
Who is eligible?
- EU citizens from the 27 countries of the EU living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- If you have been a resident in the UK for more than 5 years.
- If you have been a resident for less than 5 years, you are eligible for pre-settled status until you have lived in the UK for 5 years and you gain settled status.
- Family members (EU and non-EU members) of eligible EU citizens
- Close family members not living in the UK: EU or non-EU (spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren and dependent parents and grandparents) can join their EU family at any point in the future
- Family members of Irish citizens from outside the UK and Ireland
What will I need to register?
- Access the application online using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Or complete the postal application.
- Verify proof of identity and nationality by scanning your EU passport or national identity card and uploading a photograph of yourself.
- Confirm proof of residence in the UK by providing your National Insurance (NI) number. Other documentation may also be necessary for proof of residence if no NI number is available.
- Complete the criminality check.
- Provide payment details: It will cost £65 for adults and £32.50 for children under 16. It will be free for those who already have valid indefinite leave to remain or a valid permanent residence document.
My work as your MP
The Liberal Democrats remain fully committed to protecting the acquired rights of EU nationals living here and British nationals living in the EU.
Since the EU referendum, I have been fighting to make sure that the rights of EU residents living in the UK are protected, even under a No Deal scenario. Everyone who’s been building their lives here in the UK must be guaranteed their settled status.
And whilst the Government appears to be ready to offer such a guarantee, even in the case of No Deal, there are still many unknowns.
Here’s some of my work on your behalf:
- Tabled Motions in Parliament, attended debates in the House of Commons and raised the issue of EU citizens’ rights at every opportunity.
- Introduced the EU Citizens Resident in the United Kingdom (Right To Stay) Bill 2016-17 in the House of Commons.
- Established an All Party Group (APPG) on Freedom of Movement which I am chairing.
- Organised two public meetings locally to update EU residents.
- Travelled to Brussels, Paris, Belfast, Gibraltar and other parts of the UK to push for the rights of UK citizens to be protected with key players in the negotiations.
- Written to every EU resident in the constituency regularly with important updates.
- Met local businesses, including the Institute of Cancer Research, to discuss the impact of Brexit on EU Nationals.
- Worked closely with a law firm on proposals to simplify the lengthy and bureaucratic permanent residency application process.
- Spoke at a mass lobby event in Parliament, attended by over 1,000 people, to press the Government to guarantee the residency’ rights of EU citizens.
- Marched alongside thousands at the Unite for Europe March in Parliament Square.
As a Liberal Democrat, I will continue to make a strong case that if the UK cannot stay in the EU any deal must include membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
I will fight for an open, modern and inclusive Britain and a right for people to vote for an exit from Brexit, if that is what they choose.