The short answer is yes, however it’s a little more complex since Brexit. If a current employee is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, they are required by law to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Who should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?
Except in a few cases, you need to apply if:
This means you need to apply even if you:
What happens when I’ve applied to the EU settlement Scheme?
Depending on your living arrangements over the past 5 years, your status will either be deemed settled or pre-settled.
What is settled status?
You’ll usually get settled status if you’ve lived in the UK for a continuous 5-year period . Five years’ continuous residence means that for 5 years in a row you’ve been in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period.
There are a number of exceptions which can be found on the Gov.uk website.
What is pre-settled status?
If you have not lived in the UK for 5 years in a row, you’ll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 unless you are applying as the existing close family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who started living here by then. You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.
You can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’ve had 5 years’ continuous residence. The 5 years is counted from the day you first arrived in the UK. You do not need to have held pre-settled status for 5 years to apply.
You must apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires to stay in the UK.
What employment benefits am I eligible for once my status is granted?
As long as you have been living in the UK before the 31st December 2020, once your status is determined as settled, you will be eligible for the following:
What if I stop working or start work in an EU country?
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you may be able to get settled status if you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’).
You may be able to get settled status if either:
What if I’m going to reach state pension age or retire early?
If you reach State Pension age you can get settled status if you stopped working when you reached State Pension age and either:
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you can get settled status if you retire early and either:
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you can get settled status if you start work or self-employment in an EU country and you both:
How do I prove my status?
You can view your status or prove it to someone else online. You will not usually get a physical document.