January 22nd, 2019
The UK government yesterday (20 January 2019) announced that EU citizens who wish to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will no longer be required to pay a £65 fee when the scheme is rolled out in full on 30 March 2019.
Colleagues who wish to apply for settled status should still do so but will not be required to pay the registration fee. The government has said that it will refund any fees that have already been paid. Details of these refunds are yet to be confirmed and staff are advised to refer to the detail of the scheme at GOV.UK.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.
If you are having trouble with the application process or have any queries, please use the Home Office Resolution Centre in the first instance via https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/start or telephone 0300 123 7379.
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