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EU Free Movement

Parker Law Firm is witnessing the uncertainty over what date Brexit will actually take place and what will be the shape of it.
There are estimated to be over 3 million EU citizens living in the UK and around 1.3 million British citizens living in other EU countries. After Brexit the rights of EU citizens in the UK will be protected either under national law or by the existing international treaties the UK has signed, such as the European Convention of Human Rights. The rights currently guaranteed to EU citizens and their families by EU law are wide ranging and often depend on whether they are economically active. The Government’s mechanism for determining the right of residence for EU citizens after Brexit is the Settled Status Scheme which was launched on 30th March 2019.

How can we help you

We are able to assist you in obtaining settled status and especially with cases which are not straight forward, particularly when there are issues regarding eligibility and suitability requirements of the EU Settlement Scheme.
There will be groups which will face potential barriers to securing settled status. The simpler cases are:

  1. EU citizens and any of their non-EU family members who by 29th March 2019 have been continuously resident in the UK for five years. Those would be eligible for settled status enabling them to stay indefinitely.
  2. EU citizens and their family members who arrive by 29th March 2019 but will not yet have been continuously resident here for five years. They will be eligible for pre-settled status. This will allow them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold and then they can apply for settled status.
  3. EU citizens and their close family members will still be able to join the EU citizen in residence here until 29th March 2022. This is so long as the relationship existed on the date of Brexit. These dates apply in the event of no deal as well.

It is vital for EU citizens living in the UK to be protected and to make the online application to the Home Office under the Settlement Scheme. The EU Settlement Scheme is under-pinned by certain administrative rules published on 20th July 2018 called Appendix EU. This is where you can find the rules on the Settlement Scheme.


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