If you're an EU citizen and exercising your treaty rights in the UK, you and your family members will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. If your application is successful, you will either be granted a settled or pre-settled status. You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you're an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain (ILR). The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 31 December 2020. You must not miss the deadline to apply as doing so may put you under the UK domestic immigration rules and you might have to pay relevant application fees and IHS.

Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers (Manchester) to fully assess your eligibility for settled or pre-settled status applications so that we can advise you on your entitlement and the documentary evidence you require to support the application. 

Settled status application

You'll usually get settled status if you've started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period ('continuous residence'). Five years' continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you've been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period, except for:

  • one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
  • compulsory military service of any length

If you successfully apply under the EU settlement scheme for settled status, the Home Office, UKVI will email you a link to an online service that you can use to view and prove your settled status. You will not get a physical document unless you're from outside the EU and you do not already have a biometric residence card.

Pre-settled status application

If you do not have 5 years' continuous residence when you apply, you'll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. You can then apply to change this to settled status once you've got 5 years' continuous residence. You must do this before your pre-settled status expires.

If you'll reach 5 years' continuous residence at some point by 31 December 2020, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach 5 years' continuous residence. This means that if your application is successful, you'll get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status first.

You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.

Our fee

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)  application process including advice about legal requirements, eligibility criteria and required documents.

Our fixed fee

We will charge a fixed fee from £80 for our professional legal services in relation to your Settled status or Pre-settled status application under the EU settlement scheme. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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