EU citizens living in the UK must check if they need to register under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before the end of 2020. (If the UK leaves the EU with a deal the final deadline is June 2021).
“There are very few exceptions,” our specialist adviser says.
Even people who hold a Blue ‘Document Certifying Permanent Residence’ must register (these documents cease to be valid after 2020).
The requirement also applies to some non-EU citizens holding a ‘Biometric Residence Permit’ (BRP). If their Permit says they have ‘leave to remain’ or ‘settlement’ but also includes the wording as an ‘EU family member’, they too must still register before the end of 2020. This is applies even if their BRP says it’s valid until a much later date.
The process of registration can seem hard to understand but we can help.
Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead (and other local Citizens Advice*) can help people check their present status and start a new online EUSS application. For the first stages** you need access to a particular type of smartphone. But the rest of the process, and the application itself, can be finished on any PC, tablet or smartphone.
There is a lot of useful information is online from the UK government and Citizens Advice. It’s worth reading even if you are going to ask Citizens Advice or someone else for help:
Government: Stay in the UK after it leaves the EU (‘settled status’): step by step
Citizens Advice: Applying for pre-settled and settled status
* Locally, for example, Citizens Advice Sutton works with Refugee and Migrant Network Sutton and is organising a briefing on 30 January, more information here.
** Photographing/scanning passport; reading the chip in the passport; collecting facial geometry via smartphone camera and taking a 'selfie' photo (to meet the applicant's satisfaction) for storage in the Home Office database. A link is then sent to a nominated email address for the applicant to continue and complete the process on a PC, tablet or smartphone at their convenience without further assistance