EU Settlement Scheme pilot

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EU citizens working in social care, health and the education sectors are being given the opportunity to confirm their lawful status in the UK ahead of Brexit, which is less than four months away.

EU citizens must apply for Settled/Pre-Settled Status to continue to live and work in the UK, or alternatively must be sponsored to work in the UK in the future.

To obtain Settled Status, an applicant must have been living in the UK for five continuous years.  If they have not been in the UK for that period of time, they will generally obtain Pre Settled Status which allows a EU citizen to continue to accrue time in the UK to obtain Settled Status.  They must have started living in the UK by 31st December 2020.  The deadline for Settled/Pre Settled Status applications is June 30 2021 but the Home Office is running a pilot scheme ahead of the public launch of the scheme in March 2019 for EU staff in some sectors to assist the provision of crucial services.

The pilot scheme covers employees and workers in health/social care and those working in higher education institutions with a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence. The application process for social care and health workers goes live on 29 November 2018 .  The pilot ends on 21 December 2018.

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