This is an important step which will reduce the uncertainty felt by many individuals and families in Northern Ireland over their status post Brexit.
To obtain settled status (indefinite leave to remain), EU citizens will need to have lived continuously in the UK for five years. This applies not just to workers but also to stay at home parents, retirees and students. Those with less than 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK will be granted pre-settled status and be able to apply for settled status once they have reached the five year point.
There will be three core criteria which applicants will need to meet:
The Home Office paper - EU Settlement scheme: Statement of Intent (PDF) contains a lot more detail on the criteria and the range of documentary evidence which will be able to be used.
Today the government has announced a new settlement scheme for EU nationals. This will help EU citizens living in the UK apply for settled status in three easy steps. pic.twitter.com/Xkig2Oz7Fx— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) June 21, 2018
Applications can be made in a number of different ways including online and by post. The cost will be £65 per adult and £32.50 for children under 16. Individuals previously issued with a permanent residence document or granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK will not pay a fee to apply.
There is no need for individuals to do anything immediately. The scheme is expected to launch in late 2018 and EU citizens and their family members will have up until 30 June 2021 to apply.