Monday, 25 June 2018

10 things you need to know about Brexit in 2018 - for EU citizens and their family members

#1 Cut off date 31 December 2020

EU citizens (and family members), who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, will be able to continue under the current rules and apply for settlement (permanent residence) and then British Citizenship. 

Those who have spent 5 years by then could apply for settled status. 
Those who haven't  - could apply later as long as they start UK residency by 31/12/2020. 

#2 EU citizens, who fall within the above deadline, will be able to bring (‘sponsor’) direct family members even after that date, as long as the relationship existed on 31/12/2020. 

For example, after 31/12/2020 an EU citizen will still be able to bring a non-EU husband or wife to the UK under the current rules, without having to apply under the UK law as spouses of UK citizens do, which entails the strict Financial Requirement £18,600 and very expensive government fees. But only off the related existed on 31/12/2020. 

#3  New online application process starting end of 2018 and implemented by 29.03.2019.

Announced by the UK Government here.
The main points are explained below.   

#4 No documents will be needed for many to prove you have worked for 5 years. No comprehensive sickness insurance for students. 

For the past decades, we had to provide stacks of payslips, bank statements etc to evidence EU national’s work in the UK. It was needed for their PR application as well as for they family members’ application for a residence card or permanent residency. 

Now, the Home Office says they would check HMRC records on tax, National Insurance and benefits (What took them so long?!!)
This will also put an end to demanding EU students to have health insurance.

#5 It will cost £65 (same as now), cheaper for children. if you have a PR by then - free. 

#6 Deadline for registering -  30 June 2021.

#7  Under the current system you don’t have to apply for PR but under the new system you will. 

#8  Even now family members (of any nationality) can apply without original passport.

Traditionally, this has been a big inconvenience! Applying for a resident card or permanent residency document would take 6 months and the non-EEA family member would be without their passport. There is a process now (even under the current system) where it is possible to apply without sending off the original ID - but only if the EEA citizen ‘sponsor’ is applying at the same time. Remains to be seen what Will be in the future under the new system. 

#9  Why would you apply now? Because you could then apply for British Citizenship. 

On the one hand, you don't have to apply for a settled status now. 
On the other hand,  you must if you wish to apply for British Citizenship afterwards. Applying now may bring that point sooner, as you need one year after PR. 
On the yet another hand, if it can be said so, EU citizens and direct family members qualify for PR automatically, based on their activities and not based on the date of issuance on their visas or PR documents. Depending on your situation, you may apply under the new system later in 2018 or 2019 and then still apply for Citizenship less than a year after that.

#10 Businesses employing European workers.

If you are currently employing European workers, the procedure remains the same as before. The effect on the worker’s right is expected to derive from the worker’s status in the UK – as per the above. If your employees have or can retain their current residency status in the UK, you would be able to continue employing them. If they have to qualify under the post-Brexit regime, you would need to follow the new – yet unknown – procedure.

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