EU Settlement Scheme
The European Union Settlement Scheme requires all non-UK and non-Irish European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals to apply to stay in the UK after Brexit. The Scheme will be open for applications until 30 June 2021.
How does it work?
The EUSS is an online only application process requiring applicants to submit proof of nationality, proof of UK residency and to declare any criminal convictions. EEA countries includes all members of the EU as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Applicants will need to show five years continuous residency in the UK to be granted settled status. Those who have been in the UK for less than 5 years will be granted pre-settled status. They will then be eligible for settled status after 5 years.
EU citizens with settled status or pre-settled status retain their rights to work in the UK, use the NHS, enrol in education or continue studying, access public funds such as benefits and pensions if eligible.
3.2 million people have already secured their right to stay under the Settlement Scheme and in Newcastle there are organisations who can help you:
- Riverside Community Health Project
- Children’s Society North East
- Your Homes Newcastle can provide support for tenants.
- Settled is a national organisation that can help you with information and support through the process
- North East Law Centre operate a weekly advice line on Mondays 10 to 1pm.
There are 26 translations of the information and guidance on the Gov.UK website.
Please note that EU Treaty Rights finish at the end of 2020
What happens after you apply?
The Home Office will contact you with their decision. You should then inform agencies of your new status. While not an exhaustive list, you should contact your landlord, the Department for Work and Pensions (Universal Credit, PIP, ESA/JSA), HMRC (Child Benefit, Tax Credits), your local council (Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction) and your GP. This should help ensure they are clear about your rights to continuing entitlements.
Last updated: November 13, 2020