The deadline for EEA Nationals to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme is fast approaching – so what happens if you don’t apply in time?
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is open to applications from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and family members, who were resident in the UK before 1st January 2021.
The main EUSS application deadline is 30th June 2021.
From 1st July 2021, eligible people who haven’t applied to the EUSS (even if you have an outstanding late application under consideration, i.e. made on or after 1st July 2021), will not have a lawful immigration status in the UK.
This will have significant implications for your entitlements in the UK, i.e. no right to work, rent, access welfare benefits, have a bank account or driving licence.
If you are currenty in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) and have not yet confirmed your EUSS status, the DWP will be contacting the Home Office to see if you have been granted status or not (it is unclear whether the Home Office will confirm pending applications). If you have not yet applied to the EUSS then any UC award will be brought to an end in line with the current guidance.
NEWS FLASH: The Home Office announced on 23rd June that EEA citizens living in the UK who have failed to apply to the EUSS by the deadline will be issued with a 28 day notice telling them to apply or risk becoming unlawfully present. We are assuming that this is effectively giving EEA Nationals a 28 day extension to apply without having to provide good reason. The Immigration Minister has stated that ‘citizens who have failed to apply by the deadline would not have their benefits cut off from 1st July 2021’. We assume that this concession will only apply during this 28 day period.
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