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Eu Settled Status Explained

Posted on 18 June, 2019


Brexit. It has dominated headlines for the past few years and despite the uncertainty surrounding the course of events post October 31st, one thing that’s for certain is the impact it’s already having on the hospitality sector. Most notably, the number of European nationals working in our vibrant sector.

According to the CIPD’s Labour Market Outlook, the number of EU workers entering the UK fell by 95% between 2017 and 2018. This is a sentiment that was reflected at the Springboard Breakfast Briefing we sponsored and attended at the end of February. Here, leading figures from the industry shared that they’re experiencing an influx of employees from the EU leaving, particularly at a management level, as well as a reduction in the number of applicants outside the UK. With an increasing labour shortage, we need to be doing all we can to encourage and help those from the EU that would like to stay working in the UK hospitality industry, and this is
where the Settled Status comes in…

What is EU Settled Status?
Essentially, if you or one of your employees is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay living and working in the UK after 30th June 2021. EU workers current rights will remain the same until this date.

How to apply
The scheme will operate online on the Government website and will be fully open for applications on 20th March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 30th June 2021. There is no charge to apply for Settle Status and, due to the online format, this means that employers can now process applications on behalf of their employees.

What is the criteria to apply?
You or your employees will need to apply for Settled Status if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen. If you have British or Irish citizenship or have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK, then you won’t need to apply. However, if you were born in the UK but are not a British citizen or have a UK permanent residence document, then you will need to apply.

What you’ll need to apply
There are two main elements that you will need to apply for Settled Status:

  1. Proof of identity
  2. Proof of residence in the UK

In addition, applicants may also need English and maths qualifications, something which we can help with at HIT Training. In fact, we’ve seen a 500% increase in people undertaking these qualifications as a result of the Settled Status application!

What will you get as part of the Settled Status?
For those that receive Settled Status, they will be able to continue leaving and working in the UK after 30th June 2021. You will either be given:

  1. Settled Status – If you started living in UK by 31st December 2020 or have lived in the UK for five continuous years. You can stay in the UK as long as you like if you have Settled Status and can apply for British citizenship, if eligible. You will also be able to spend up to five years in a row outside the UK without losing your status.
  2. Pre-Settled Status – If you’ve been living in the UK for less than five years, it’s likely you will receive Pre-Settled Status. This means you can then apply for Settle Status once you’ve been living in the UK for five years.

For more information on Settled Status, you can visit the Government website here.


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