Effective 21 January, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card.
Also on 21 January, the prime minister announced that the application fee (currently £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child under 16) will be cancelled once the scheme is fully open and that anyone who has applied during testing will have their fee reimbursed.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
Settled and Pre-Settled Status
How to Apply?
The government has announced that, if the withdrawal agreement including a transition period is not ratified in time, the EU Settlement Scheme will go ahead, but the cut-off dates and deadlines will be brought forward:
|Deadline||Withdrawal Agreement||No Deal|
|Enter UK to qualify for EU Settlement Scheme||31 December 2020||29 March 2019|
|Apply under EU Settlement Scheme||30 June 2021||31 December 2020|
|Family members can join those with settled status||No deadline||29 March 2022|
|Family relationship must start||31 December 2020||29 March 2019|
|Higher EU deportation threshold applies to crimes committed||31 December 2020||29 March 2019|
Source: Peregrine Immigration News