On 29 March 2019, the UK will leave the EU. Many of Brent residents are European, and leaving the EU will affect almost all residents in some way or other.
Brent Council had an event for members of the community and voluntary sector called Time to Talk Brexit, which took place at Brent Civic Centre on Monday 14 January 2019. It informed residents about the EU settlement scheme.
This event was part of the Council’s wider Time to Talk campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues like this one and work together with partners to tackle them.
The government has introduced the EU settlement scheme. This scheme means that European residents who register can keep the rights they currently enjoy. We have tried to answer some of the questions we think you might have. We will endeavour to keep these up to date if anything changes, and have included direct links to the government website which will always have the most up to date information.
Frequently asked questions
What happens if there is no deal?
The UK Government has confirmed that this scheme will go ahead regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal, or with no deal.
How much does the EU settlement scheme cost?
There is a charge of £65 for adults, and £32.50 for children to register on the scheme. This is because some European residents have already paid for indefinite leave to remain and to ensure the charge is fair.
I have already paid for and have indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence – what do I do?
You can choose to register with the EU settlement scheme, and as you have already paid, you will not have to pay the fee. There are benefits in registering with the scheme outlined in the Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families page.
Who can apply?
Any EU citizen living in the UK.
When can I apply?
The scheme will be open fully by 30 March 2019.
When do I have to apply by?
You have to apply by 30 July 2021.
I am an Irish EU citizen, what about me?
The UK has an older relationship with Ireland that pre-dates the EU. There are treaty rights which means that Irish Citizens have more rights than other EU citizens and retain these rights. You therefore do not need to apply under the settlement scheme.
I am from Norway, Iceland, Leichtenstein, or Switzerland. What about me?
The UK has reached an agreement to protect the rights of the individuals with these countries, enabling them to work, study and access public services and benefits as now. The Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and Explainer has more details about the agreement with Switzerland, and the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement and Explainer details the agreement with the other countries.
The EU settlement scheme
Full details about the EU settlement scheme, and more details about the answers to the following questions can all be found on the government website.
How do I apply for the EU settlement scheme?
You can complete the application form online from any device, or through the app.
What do I need to provide for the EU settlement application?
You will need
- proof of your identity,
- proof of your UK residence
- your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU,
- criminal convictions (this will be decided on a case by case basis, but if you have a minor offence you are likely to be accepted)
How will the proof of identity work?
You can scan your identity document using an android device, or by post. Alternatively you can use Brent Council’s registration service (or an alternative provider) to scan your document. (You do not need to live in Brent to use this service). This service will cost £25.
How will the criminal convictions work?
If you have committed a minor crime, for example, a speeding fine you will be still be eligible. Other crimes will be decided on a case by case basis. If you have been to prison in the UK, you’ll usually need at least 5 years’ continuous residence from the day you were released to be considered for settled status.
Other useful links
The Mayor of London has set up a guidance hub for European Londoners: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy/representing-london-brexit-talks/eu-londoners-hub#acc-i-54718
More information about the EU settlement scheme: government website
Information correct at time of update: last updated 08/01/2019
Check the government website for most up to date information