Up to 3.8million EU citizens are expected to apply for long-term residency status after Brexit says The Financial Times.
The application process is not open yet but is expected to open later in the year where the fee will be £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child. If they are an EU citizen who already holds permanent residence, however, there will be no fee.
On the Government website, the Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes confirmed that those applying under the scheme will need to complete three key steps. They will need to:
- prove their identity
- show that that they live in the UK; and,
- declare that they have no serious criminal convictions.
EU citizens who already have valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation will be able to exchange it for settled status for free.
EU citizens and family members who, by 31st December 2020, have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible to apply under the scheme and will be granted “settled status” which will allow them to stay in the UK indefinitely.
Those who have not yet lived in the UK for five years will be granted pre-settled status and be able to apply for settled status once they reach the five-year point. From April 2019, this second application will be free of charge.