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  • Impact of COVID19 on EU Settlement Scheme applications

    The Home Office has just published new guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): EU Settlement Scheme - guidance for applicants


    Impact of travel restrictions and self-isolating on continuity of residence for people with pre-settled status

    If you have been out of the UK for no more than 6 months in any 12 month period, your continuity of residence isn't broken and you don't need to provide any additional evidence.

    You are only allowed ONE absence of between 6 and 12 months in your entire 5 year qualifying period leading to settled status. This has to be for an important reason.

    If you were 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 previously studying in the UK and were studying outside the UK because of coronavirus, that absence will not cause you to break your continuous qualifying period, provided it's no longer than 12 months.

    You can be absent for up to 12 months if you had coronavirus overseas and could not return to the UK, or travel restrictions meant you were absent from the UK for longer than planned.

    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 were prevented from travelling due to coronavirus, you should provide a cover letter with your application outlining the details and the dates you were ill or were in quarantine.

    You cannot have more than one absence between 6 and 12 months in your 5 year period, even if coronavirus was a cause for being absent as above.

    If you do not have permanent residence status under the EEA Regulations or settled status under the EUSS, an absence from the UK of more than 12 months will always interrupt your continuous qualifying period, even during the pandemic.

    If you broke your continuity of residence, you will need to restart your 5 year period by returning to the UK before 11pm on December 31st 2020.

    This can be if you:
    • Had a previous period of absence over 6 months in addition to your absence due to coronavirus;
    • Were out of the UK for more than 12 months; or
    • Your absence was not for an important reason.
    If you have settled status, or have lived in the UK more than 5 continuous years, your residence is not affected by an absence of less than 5 years and the above does not have any impact.

    If you previously lived in the UK for 5 years or longer and have not obtained settled status, you need to apply before the end of June.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.


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    If you booked travel to the UK before the end of the year and have been affected by the newly implemented travel restrictions, we have asked the Home Office whether there will be any special provisions in these cases and we are awaiting their response.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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