The Home Office has published a “Statement of Intent” outlining its planned “Settlement Scheme” for when the UK leaves the EU. It is not set in stone but gives some strong indications of what the scheme will involve.
Read more here.
The new Settled Status will apply to EU citizens and family members who have lived continuously in the UK for five years (Similarly to the current status of permanent residence).
It may be easier to acquire than permanent residence for certain groups of EU nationals who currently need to have held comprehensive medical insurance for the relevant five years. This should be good news for students and stay-at-home parents.
An application for Settled Status will cost £65 but will be free for those who already have confirmation of permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain.
Children will need to apply at a cost of £32.50 for those under 16 years old.
It will be an online application and it is hoped that it will be “short, simple and user-friendly”- (Let’s wait and see!!)
The scheme is not yet open although the Home Office expect it to be by the end of 2018. There will be no immediate requirement to apply.
Further details of the scheme will be outlined on this website once we know more.