We have updated the EU/EEA nationals page of the Right to Remain Toolkit (our guide to the UK asylum and immigration system) now that the main deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) has passed.
The UK government has introduced new regulations under which they can rule that an asylum claim is inadmissible. This means the Home Office does not have to consider the claim in the UK if they rule that another country – a “safe third country” – should in fact be responsible for your asylum claim.
As the end of the Brexit transition period approaches, we’ve updated our “EU Law” page in the Right to Remain Toolkit.
This page now looks at applying to the Settled Status scheme if you’re an EEA national and in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020.
The UK’s departure from the EU on January 31st 2020 has intensified the concern of rights groups for the estimated 900,000 EU nationals yet to secure their status through the Home Office’s settled status scheme.
A reminder about applying for EU Settled Status, with links to useful resources.
On 30 March, the Home Office fully opened the Settled Status scheme, for EU citizens and their family members who wish to remain living in the UK after Brexit.
In August, the government launched a trial (with NHS workers, university staff and students in the North West of England) of the EU Settlement Scheme. However, we still do not know for certain the process for applying for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit. The process could depend on the deal that the UK agrees (or otherwise) with the EU; and subsequent legislation.
What we do know is that there are likely to be groups of people who are eligible for settled status, who do not or cannot access it.
Since the Brexit referendum we have, not surprisingly, been contacted by lots of people asking about the situation for European nationals and their families.
It’s been a difficult question to answer because there’s still so much uncertainty about what the legal situation will be after Brexit – it will depend on negotiations and perhaps new agreements with EEA states.
There have, however, been some really useful resources put out to explain the current situation, what may change, and what people can do to be in the strongest position possible when the UK leaves the European Union.
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