EU Nationals and Family

In 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. This led not only to significant political and economic changes but also challenged the well-established EU-UK freedom of movement.

Freedom of movement of people is a paramount part of the EU immigration policy. In 2016, more than 2.9 million EU nationals lived in the UK, while 2.5 of those people were employed. Such integrity of the UK and EU labour market contributed to both economies and promoted diversity.

The UK government has always recognised the importance of the free movement of EU nationals. As a result, following Brexit, the UK introduced the European Union Settlement Scheme, which allows  EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members to continue living in the UK without disruption of their career and private life.

Eligibility Criteria 

To meet the requirements, the applicant needs to be either:

  • From the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and they started living in the UK by 31 December 2020

  • The family member of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020

The applicant can also be eligible if they used to have a family member from the EU/EEA/Switzerland who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 or the applicant is the family member of a British citizen who lived in the EU/EEA/Switzerland and they have lived with them in that country by 31 December 2020. The family member of a ‘frontier worker’ and the family members of a person who is exempt from immigration control are also eligible. Additionally, children in education whose parents are from EU/EEA/Switzerland who used to live and work in the UK can apply for the EUSS as well.

How to Apply. 

The deadline for application was 30 June 2021. However, the individual can apply after 30 June 2021 if they were a family member of an EU/EEA/Swiss national living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and the family relationship still exists.  The individual can also apply, if they show ‘reasonable grounds, such as medical reasons or being the victim of domestic abuse, for why they did not apply by 30 June 2021. It is free to apply for the EUSS.

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Pre-Settled and Settled Status Pre-Settled and Settled Status

If EU, EEA and Swiss citizens apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, they will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. They will be given either settled or pre-settled status.

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EUSS Family Permit EUSS Family Permit

The European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) family permit allows an eligible non-EEA citizen to join or accompany an EEA or Swiss national with pre-settled or settled status in the UK.

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Human Rights Claims Human Rights Claims

The very strong idea that fundamental human rights must be cherished, and that only the law may take it away, is one that has been prevalent in British courts for centuries.

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Retained Right of Residence Visas Retained Right of Residence Visas

The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 allows certain family members of EU, EEA or Swiss nationals who are already living in the UK to retain their right of residence in certain circumstances.

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