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Settled status in the UK will give EU nationals and the families who have lived for five years in the UK, the same rights as British citizens, after Brexit. It includes rights on education, healthcare, pensions, and benefits. You must file the status before the last date or you will be considered as living illegally in the country. It is possible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if you are from Switzerland or the EU and are living in the UK by the end of 2020. Family members can also apply for the scheme despite not being from the EU or Switzerland. However, they must be living in the UK by the end of 2020 and your relationship with the applicants should have started before the end of 2020. 

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How to apply for the Settled Status in the UK?

If you are an EU national, you need to apply through a Home Office for the residency document. You will be asked to pay around £65 and answer three questions. For children aged below 16, it will cost £32.50 and for EU nationals with a residency, it is free. You will have to provide the ID and whether you live in the UK. The government will check the answers with their database and then decide within 15 days. You can apply online or through a mobile device. 

Documents you will require for settled status

Here is all you need to gather before you apply. 

  • Identity proof- You can provide your passport, biometric residence card, or a national identity card. 
  • A mobile number
  • Digital photo- Take a selfie when you apply.
  • National Insurance number or proof of your residence in the UK 
  • Proof of the relationship if you are applying for a family member.
  • Email address. 
  • If the document of identity is no longer valid, you should renew it on time. 

Proving you have lived in the UK 

You will have to prove how long you have been residing in the UK when you apply for the settled status. An easy way is to provide the National Insurance number whenever you apply. You will be able to find the number on the payslip or on a letter from the Revenue and Customs. If you do not provide the number, you will have to give the necessary documents. In case of gaps in the National Insurance record, provide additional documents to cover the gaps. If you have a permanent residence document, you will not have to prove how long you have been living in the UK. If your children are below the age of 21, it is necessary to prove that they live in the UK. 

The evidence you might need

It is important to prove that you have been residing in the UK and you can consider the time you have lived in the Isle of Man or Chanel Islands as the time you have been living in the UK. For a pre-settled status, it is important to show that you have lived in the UK for at least one day which is both- before 31st December 2020, and in the previous 6 months before you made the application.

You will require evidence for a tenure of 6 months out of the 12 months for 5 years in a row. Further, it does not have to be the previous 5 years only. It is possible to give evidence of a different 5-year period if you have not lived outside the UK for 5 years constantly since the specific period. You can also get settled status if you have lived outside the UK for more than 6 months out of any 1 year for the below-mentioned reasons.

-You were ill, giving birth, studying, or for work purposes out of the country sent by the employer for a year

-Were working as a Northern Ireland executive.

-You were serving in the UK armed forces.

-You were on compulsory military service for a period of time.

-Were in employment with the Scottish, Welsh, or UK government, or the British Council. 

-You are a member of the family of somebody who was working for the government, British council, or Northern Ireland executive. 

Check the documents

It is important that the documents have your name and date. You must have documents that cover a longer period and you can upload 10 documents at the time of application. 

Keep the documents ready and check if you need additional documents to prove that you have lived in the UK. Most importantly, file for the settled status on time to avoid complications at a later stage. 

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