Reminder: Deadline for EU Settlement Scheme ends on the 30th June 2021
The deadline for applications for the EU Settlement Scheme is fast approaching and time is of the essence.
Launched back in 2019 by the Home Office to ensure that all EU Citizens of residence would be processed and registered in the UK prior to our departure from the EU on the 31st December 2020 is soon coming to a close. At present, the rights and status of all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens within the UK remain unchanged until the 30th June 2021.
Any families who were resident in the UK by the 31st December 2020, who have not already applied to the EU Settlement Scheme should do so immediately. This will allow you to continue to work, study, and access our healthcare system in the UK after the 30th June.
Making an application is relatively straightforward. If you have a biometric passport or national identity card, then using the online ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app is the simplest way to apply – in most cases by scanning your passport chip. You may be asked to provide evidence of continuous stay if checks made by the DWP, HMRC or your NI numbers do not work. If you have any convictions or cautions you will need an updated DBS. The application itself is completely free. More information about how to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on the governments website here.
Successful applicants will receive either a ‘pre-settled status’ or a ‘settled status’ – the status they receive will depend on how long they have been living within the UK when they applied.
If an applicant has been living within the UK for less than five years, it is likely that they will receive the ‘pre-settled status’ with up to five years limited leave to remain within the UK. After that they will need to reapply for a ‘settled status’ before their current one expires. If two or more years are then spent outside of the UK, the pre-settled status may be lost/revoked.
On the other hand, those who have lived in the UK for more than five years (continuously) will be entitled to a ‘settled status’ – meaning they may stay in the UK permanently, subject to conditions, and may retain their rights to employment, welfare, education and public funds. They may also apply for a Naturalisation or British Citizenship.
Importance for employers to check their employees
Should a business employ someone who does not have the right to work within the UK, they can be penalised.
You may be fined up to £20,000 for each illegal worker you harbour and be served with a ‘referral notice’ to inform you that your case is being considered.
It is important as an employer to thoroughly read and follow the Home Office’s employer’s guidance and adopt all codes of practice surrounding the prevention of illegal working within the UK.
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