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  • Extension of the Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) finally ruled unlawful

    The decision to extend the WRS requirement for A8 nationals from 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2011 had previously been ruled unlawful, however, the Home Office appealed this ruling. The Supreme Court finally decided the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze case on 19 June 2019, where the appeal was dismissed and the extension is now officially unlawful.

    This decision can have several implications for nationals of A8 countries who worked in the UK during the extension period,...
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  • Supreme Court rules WRS extension unlawful

    The case of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze was finally ruled on by the Supreme Court on 19 June 2019, after the Home Office had appealed the ruling by the Court of Appeal that ruled the extension of the WRS (Worker Registration Scheme) from 2009 till 2011, was unlawful.

    This case only affects nationals of the A8 countries that joined the EU in 2004:
    • Czech Republic
    • Estonia
    • Hungary
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    ...
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  • Dependent children and PR status

    EEA nationals who are exercising treaty rights can sponsor their family members who are not.

    People who were living with their EEA national parents when they were children, and one or both of them were qualified persons (such as working or self employed), will have been lawfully resident on these basis and would have acquired PR status.

    Instead of sending off evidence that you were exercising treaty rights for five years, you send of evidence that...
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  • The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016

    These Regulations implement the EU directives regarding Freedom of Movement. Amongst other things, they specify:

    what constitutes continuous residence;
    who is regarded as a qualified person under the directive;
    who is considered a family member;
    who has a right to reside;
    how Permanent Residence (PR) status is acquired;
    who can be removed from the UK.

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  • Holders of valid PR and biometric residence cards

    PR card holders

    If you hold a valid Permanent Residence (PR) document issued on the basis of your family relationship to the EU citizen, you don't need to provide any evidence of family relationship.

    Holders of valid biometric residence cards

    If you hold a valid Biometric Residence card issued on the basis of your family relationship to the EU citizen, you can use it as evidence of family relationship if it was issued to you on the basis of...
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  • Evidence for family members



    VERY IMPORTANT!

    Dependency for parents, including in-laws, is currently assumed and need not be demonstrated, however, this will change for applications submitted from July 1st 2021, when dependency will need to be demonstrated.

    The level of dependency that will be required is set out in the definition of “dependent parent”:


    Source: Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion | Free Movement
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  • Applying with Permanent Residence (PR) documents

    You need to apply for settled status even if you have a valid PR document.

    You need to apply for settled status before the end of June 2021.

    A PR document can be:

    A PR certificate inside your blue or pink card holder;
    A certificate inside your passport;
    A biometric card confirming Permanent Residence (not a Residence Card).

    EEA and Swiss nationals get a "Document...
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  • Changing the PR acquired date

    Changing the PR acquired date

    It may be possible to get the Home Office to change the date they deemed you to have acquired PR status if you write to them stating why you think you should have an earlier date.

    The dates are particularly important if you have children born in the UK before the date written in the letter sent by the Home Office.

    If you don't know the date when you acquired PR status, see How to find the date when you acquired PR status.

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  • Applications based on marriage or civil partnership with a British citizen

    The main difference with applications based on marriage or civil partnership, is the relevant period, which is 3 years instead of 5.

    If applying on these basis, you need to:
    • List your absences from the UK in the last 3 years;
    • Not exceed the allowed number of absences in the last 3 years; and
    • Provide evidence of residence in the UK for the last 3 years.
    There's no need to wait for 12 months after being granted ILR, including settled status, if applying on the basis of marriage...
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  • How to find the date when you acquired PR status

    How to find the date when you acquired PR status

    From the end of 2016, the Home Office has been sending a letter stating the date when PR status was acquired with most successful PR document applications. If you haven't got that letter, you can send the following letter:...
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  • When can I naturalise?

    From January 1st 2021, you can only use a PR card to apply if you haven't been granted settled status.

    In order to apply for citizenship, applicants must have ILR, including Settled Status.
    The application submission date is the relevant date for ALL practical purposes, not the biometrics appointment date.


    If you have settled status, you CANNOT apply with a PR card from January 1st 2021.

    Although it is...
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  • Filling in the AN form with PR or or ILR (including Settled Status)

    From January 1st, if you have settled status, you MUST apply for citizenship with settled status.

    In order to apply for citizenship, applicants must have ILR, including Settled Status.

    The application submission date is the relevant date for ALL practical purposes, not the biometrics appointment date.


    If you have settled status, you CANNOT apply with a PR card from January 1st 2021.

    If you haven't been...
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