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  • UPDATE Impact of COVID19 on EUSS applications

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    The government has published guidance for applicants that may be affected by the pandemic.

    Coronavirus guidance for EUSS applicants


    Alternative evidence of nationality or identity

    You may be able to use alternative of evidence of identity and nationality if you are not able to provide a valid passport or ID card due to the closure of your embassy or inabilty to travel due to public health restrictions. Each case will be considered individually.

    You need to provide evidence of your inability to produce the required documents, such as evidence of an embassy closure, such as a letter from the relevant national authority or a link to an official webpage.

    You’ll also need alternative evidence of your identity and nationality, such as:
    • an expired passport or ID card
    • an official document issued by the authorities of your country of origin or of the UK which confirms your identity and nationality; or
    • documents issued by the Home Office
    You’ll need to use a paper form to apply.

    Request a paper application form by contacting the EU Settlement Resolution Centre. You’ll need to explain why you need one when you contact us.

    Effect on your qualifying period of residence for settled status

    Continuity of residence may not necessarily be affected if you were impacted by coronavirus public health restrictions. For example, if you had coronavirus overseas and could not return to the UK, or imposed travel restrictions meant you were absent from the UK for longer than planned (providing the period does not exceed 12 months).
    • Absences up to 6 months in any 12 month period do not break continuity of residence.
    • A single period of absence of more than 6 months, but not more than 12 months, due to being ill with coronavirus, and you were unable to return to the UK because you were ill or in quarantine, that absence will not cause you to break your continuous qualifying period.
    • If you are a student who was studying in the UK and are studying outside the UK because of coronavirus, that absence will not cause you to break your continuous qualifying period, where it is for a single period of more than 6 months but not more than 12 months, during your 5-year continuous qualifying period.
    • The EUSS allows for a single absence up to 12 months for an important reason, including serious illness and study.
    An absence or absences of more than 6 months but not more than 12 months in total in any 5-year continuous qualifying period where coronavirus was not a factor will still interrupt that continuous qualifying period unless there was another important reason for the absence.

    Self-isolating will only be considered an important reason for absence where you are, or were, under quarantine conditions, for example:
    • when ill with coronavirus yourself,
    • sharing a house with someone ill with coronavirus,
    • when required to self-isolate as a result of being, or being in contact with someone who is, in a vulnerable or high-risk category.
    If you have been prevented from travelling due to coronavirus you should provide a supporting letter with your application outlining the details and the dates you were ill or were in quarantine.

    If you have more than one absence over six months, your continuity of residence will be affected regardless of coronavirus restrictions.

    An absence of more than 12 months will always affect your continuity of residence.

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    Updated to reflect the new government information provided here: [Withdrawn] Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme - guidance for applicants - GOV.UK

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