Following Brexit, you can no longer apply for a UK residence card or a permanent residence card based on the EEA regulations. If you already have a card, it will not be valid after 30 June 2021.
To continue living in the UK after the 30th June 2021, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you:
- are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- are a close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, and you were both living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- are an ‘extended’ family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you have a UK residence card, or you applied for one by 31 December 2020. Extended family members include unmarried partners, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
- are the family member of a British citizen – you must have lived with them in the EU, EEA or Switzerland, and they must have been working, studying or self-sufficient in the country
- have ‘retained rights of residence’ – for example if you were previously married to an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020
Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme is set to close on 30th June 2021. However, you might be able to apply later if both of the following apply:
- you’re a close family member or unmarried partner of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who is already living in the UK
- you’re applying to join them in the UK
If you want to move to the UK on or after 1 January 2021, check if you need a UK visa.
DESCARTES SOLICITORS is recognised as one of the leading multi-practice firms in the UK. Our specialist team can assist applicants with properly making an application ensuring all the required documentation and information is provided.
For advice and assistance with EU Settlement Scheme applications please contact our lawyers on 0208 995 3556 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org