What has changed?
Effective March 2019, citizens of the European Union (EU) and their families will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status in order to continue residing in the United Kingdom (UK) after December 2020.
To be eligible to apply for settled or pre-settled status, individuals outside the EU must be in a relationship with an EU citizen as a spouse, civil partner, or unmarried partner with a residence card.
Who is affected?
EU citizens required to apply for settled status include:
Irish citizens or individuals who have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK do not need to apply.
What to expect?
Individuals who have resided in the UK for less than five (5) years will generally be eligible for pre-settled status. Individuals who have indefinite leave to reside in the UK can either continue to reside in the UK without applying for settled status, or they can choose to change their status.
After the 31st December 2020 deadline, eligible individuals residing overseas will still be able to join family members who are EU citizens living in the UK under certain conditions. The EU citizen must be a close family member, i.e. a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, dependent child or grandchild, or dependent parent or grandparent. The qualifying relationship must have commenced prior to December 31, 2020 and be expected to continue after the individuals come to the UK.
Core eligibility requirements include the ability to provide proof of identity, residence within the UK, and absence of any prior criminal convictions.
What to do?
Contact your Visa Lounge – Global Immigration at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details on how these updates may impact you.