Free movement for European nationals will come to an end on 31 December 2020 and
from 1 January 2021, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who wish to move to the UK to work and study will have to meet the requirements of the new points-based immigration system, unless they have already established UK residency and/or have acquired status under the EU
Settlement Scheme.

– EU nationals currently outside the UK, whose usual place of residence is in the UK, can make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme for indefinite leave to enter, or limited leave to enter, providing they meet the eligibility requirements and satisfy the genuine residence requirement in the UK.

– The deadline for making pre-settled or settled status applications under the EU
Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021, however, EU nationals and their relevant family members, have to be lawfully and genuinely resident in the UK by 11pm on 31 December 2020, in order to be eligible to apply.

– From 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021, an EU national can enter the UK with their EU
passport and EU ID card, however, they may be asked to prove their residency in the UK (prior to 31 December 2020) in order to still be eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. If they cannot prove this residency or their status under the EU Settlement Scheme, the new Rules will apply to them, and they may then need to make an application under the new points-based immigration system.

© Statham Gill Davies, November 2020
NB: This guidance is of a general nature only and is subject to change and further clarification. It should therefore not be relied on in the absence of specific advice which Statham Gill Davies will be happy to provide once formally instructed and retained to do so.

For further information and specific advice regarding this area or any other UK immigration or Nationality application, please contact: –
Mark Barnett
Head of Immigration and Notary Public
Statham Gill Davies Solicitors
0207 317 3228
Mark.Barnett@sgdlaw.com