Changes to EU Settlement Scheme and what it means for you

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was introduced by the Home Office in 2019 in response to the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit). The scheme processes the registration of EU nationals, associated nationals and their family members who had a pre-existing right of residence in the UK prior to Brexit.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows eligible persons to continue to live, work and study in the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme grants eligible persons access to:

  • Public services such as the NHS and schools.
  • Public funds and pensions.
  • British citizenship, for those who want to apply and who meet the requirements.

For more detail about EUSS eligibility, visit the Home Office’s website.

What changes have been made?

On 21 May 2024, the Home Office announced changes to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The changes:

  • The Home Office has extended the length of extensions of pre-settled status from from 2 years to 5 years. This means that when automatically extending pre-settled status, the Home Office will do so for an additional 5 year period.
  • The Home Office has removed the pre-settled expiry from digital profiles shown to third parties in the online checking services for Right to Work, Right to Rent and View and Prove. This means that employers will no longer see an expiry date for pre-settled status when making right to work checks. This applies to landlords and means that employers and landlords do not need to make regular checks about a persons status.
  • The length of pre-settled and settled status holders absences from the UK will be 5 years as standard. This means that such individuals can be absent form the UK for up to 5 years without losing their status. This is a welcomed move.

When will the changes come into effect?

The changes are effective from 21 May 2024.

What does this mean for you?

The Home Office says that these changes have been implemented to ensure that nobody loses their immigration status if they do not apply to switch from pre-settled to settled status.

This enables those on the Scheme to be out of the United Kingdom for a far longer period of time without losing their pre-settled status and smoothens their right to work and right to rent checks.

However, the Home Office will not automatically extend pre-settled status if the requirements do not appear to be met based on the data held. It is up to individuals to ensure that their status has been extended at the appropriate time. Seek advice if unsure.

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How can we help you?

Thomas Chase Immigration offer immigration assistance to individuals and families.

If you have questions or concerns or you would like straightforward immigration advice, or help with applying for a visa, Thomas Chase Immigration can help. Our processes are tried and tested. We offer an individual touch when assisting you and presenting the matter to the Home Office. Contact us at info@thomaschaseimmigration.com.

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