November 13th, 2018
* For a more recent update on this article, please visit https://exchange.nottingham.ac.uk/blog/brexit-the-eu-settlement-scheme/ *
EU citizens and non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the Higher Education sector can now register to take part in the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme pilot, which launched on Thursday 15 November.
Feedback provided by participants in the pilot will be used to make improvements to the process before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.
By taking part in the pilot, participants will be able to make an early application for new UK immigration status in order to continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
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.
What is the pilot?
The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. This second phase of the pilot starts in November 2018 and runs until Friday 21 December 2018 and covers employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors.
This pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens and their family members will use when the scheme opens fully next year. Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.
Who is eligible?
You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are an employee of our university, and you are:
If you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme pilot you will need to complete a short and simple online application form to:
Application process during the pilot
To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you will need to complete an online application:
What happens next?
Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.*
For more details about the pilot scheme, please view the Briefing pack.
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