In 2018 the Government announced the European Union (EU) Settlement Scheme which would allow EU citizens and their family members living in the UK to start applying for settled status in the UK, in the context of the UK’s withdrawal of membership from the European Union.
This was a crucial step that recognised the valuable contribution of our EU colleagues, and would allow these individuals to gain the unrestricted rights to remain in the UK, once they had been continuously living in the UK for a minimum of five years.
The deadline for application is fast approaching – 30 June 2021. Your institutions have probably already been in touch to discuss this, but we thought a quick reminder might be useful.
We hope any Dementia Researchers who are EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will apply for Settled Status – you are valued members of the scientific community, and we hope you are choosing to stay.
Applications are free and there is plenty of support to help you with your application:
- The government has a dedicated page on the gov.uk website
- If you need practical advice on the application process the government has created a helpline that you can call for support on 0300 123 7379
The 30 June 2021 will mark the final deadline for individuals to apply to the settlement scheme so it is crucial that anyone who wants to apply, do so before this date. Your rights will remain unchanged until then, provided you were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
From 1 July 2021, EU citizens will need to demonstrate they have the right to live and work in the UK and this will be either with pre-settled or settled status, or with a visa under the points-based immigration system.
On behalf of Dementia Researcher, we hope you choose to stay!