Today, Thursday 29th March 2017, marks exactly 1 year until the UK leaves the EU, but what does that mean for EU citizens who have made a life in our country, and have contributed to our communities and society at large?
Safeguarding the rights of UK nationals living in the EU has been the Government's first priority and in December a ‘citizen rights’ agreement was reached to protect EU citizens and their families after Brexit.
Our next steps advice for EU Citizens
In order to secure your rights, you will need to go through a simple application process which will confirm your status in the UK for as long as you want to stay. The Government will begin that process later in the year and applications will be open for at least 2 years after the UK leaves the EU.
What do you need to do?
When the UK leave the EU, EU citizens will need to apply for settled status or a temporary residence permit in order to remain in the UK.
How does this affect you?
If you are an EU citizen living and working in the UK, you will need to go through a simple application to confirm your status.
What status will you get?
This will depend on how long you have lived in the UK prior to 29th March 2019.
If you have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years or more by 29th March 2019 you can apply for Settled Status as soon as the application process is open.
If you arrived in UK before 29th March 2019 but have lived here less than 5 years when the UK exits the EU you may continue to live and work in the UK until 29th March 2021 but must apply for temporary residency status. Once you have been in the UK for 5 years you must then apply for settled status.
When can you start the application process?
The application process will start later this year and will remain open for up to 2 years after the UK leaves the EU.
How will the application process work?
The process will be a simple online application form which will check your identity, residence and any criminal convictions.
What information will you need to provide?
Proof of identity and nationality with a EU passport or National Identity Card
Recent photograph of yourself
Declaration of any criminal convictions
Unless you have a valid permanent residence document you will also be required to pay a fee similar to that charged for a UK passport