In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits.
To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.
The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. This second phase of the pilot starts on 15 November and runs until 21 December and covers employees in the Higher Education and Health and Social Care sectors.
The pilot will test the application process that EU citizens and their family members will use when the scheme opens fully next year. Feedback about the experience of those who complete it will be used to make improvements to the process before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.
Making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to affected colleagues’ current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
How to apply
To participate in the pilot, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Home Office will be replying to emails on a phased basis and it might take two to three weeks for you to receive your reply. Please only send one email, and make sure you check your inbox and junk mail regularly.
When you receive a reply, it will contain a link to the online application form, and you will need to complete your application before 22 December 2018.
Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. They will not be required to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme.