Yesterday, the UK Government published a paper outlining their offer for EU citizens in the UK.
The following is quoted from GOV.UK:
“The UK government’s offer for EU citizens is:
-People who have been continuously living here for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’. That means these citizens will be free to live here, have access to public funds and services and apply for British citizenship.
-People who arrived before the cut-off date, but won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave the EU, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5 year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
-People who arrive after the cut-off date will be able to apply for permission to remain after the UK leaves the EU, under the future immigration arrangements for EU citizens.
-Family dependants who are living with or join EU citizens before the UK’s exit will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. In these cases the cut-off date won’t apply.
The cut-off date will be agreed during the negotiations but we are clear that it shouldn’t be earlier than 29 March 2017 (the date Article 50 was triggered) or later than the date the UK leaves the EU.”
Under the proposals all EU citizens and their families in the UK will need to apply to the Home Office for permission to stay. The type of application you will need to make will depend on your circumstances.
Although the UK Government have said that there is no need to do anything now, it is probably wise to start examining your own circumstances and those of your family members to make sure that you are fully prepared for any steps you have to take to secure you legal status in the UK.
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