EU Settlement Scheme

The delivery of social work and social care services during this time of BREXIT uncertainty is critical. If you employ EU citizens as Personal Assistants, you might be interested in this information on the EU Settlement Scheme. Please see links below to important information on the Home Office – EU Settlement Scheme. 

In advance of the UK’s planned exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protec the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizensmust apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Home Office EU Settlement Scheme Pilot is now open until 21 December 2018 for applications. The details of this Pilot scheme are set out in the links below.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme: Pilot

Please note there are additional links below containing further important information.

If you are eligible to apply and wish to participate in this voluntary pilot scheme in advance of the roll out of the full scheme in March 2019 then please consider the following points:

Ø  You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are:

·    an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which hasa digital chip); or

·     a non-EU family member of an EU citizen and have a biometric residence card with‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you applied for on or after 6 April2015

Ø  The on-line application process is restricted to android mobile devices only during the pilot phase

Ø  An application costs £65 for eligible employees but is free if you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to enter or remain.

For more information:

Further links you may find helpful are listed below:

EU Settlement Scheme pilot: applicant information
This is a collection page where you can find more detailed information on the pilot, including eligibility, processing times and information on what evidence can be provided to prove residence.

Settled and pre-settledstatus for EU citizens and their families
This is the main guidance page on settled and pre-settled status.

Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

You can also ask a question using the online submissions form

If you would like to participate in the pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme, all you need to do is complete the online application form by 22 December 2018 by accessing the following link:  apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.