The Home Office intends to launch the Scheme before the end of this year. It will enable EU citizens resident in Northern Ireland and their family members to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living here permanently, following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
The key criteria for applying for ‘settled status’ are that:
- You need to be an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen.
- You need to be a resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
- You must not be a serious or persistent criminal or a threat to national security.
If you meet the criteria above and have been a resident in the UK for more than 5 years you will be eligible for settled status. If you have been a resident for less than five years you are eligible for pre-settled status.
Further information on the Scheme can be found on the Home Office website via the following link – Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent
The Home Office has published an Employers’ Toolkit to increase awareness about the EU Settlement Scheme amongst employers. The toolkit will help equip employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and it contains resources such as posters and leaflets.
The Toolkit is available via the following link: Employers' Toolkit.
EU Settlement Scheme: Community Leaders Toolkit
The Home Office has now published a Community Leaders Toolkit which will help equip community groups and local authorities with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
- The Toolkit is available via the following link: Community Leaders Toolkit