Late applications under the Surinder Singh immigration route

Under EU free movement law, British citizens who had been exercising “treaty rights” in the European Economic Area and then decided to move back to the UK could sponsor their family members to come with them. This allowed them to use the friendlie ...

29th March 2022 By

Repeat applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

The most recent version of the EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance was released on 9 December last year. After checking the “changes from last version of this guidance” you would be forgiven for assuming that nothing had changed about ...

1st March 2022 By

Dependent relatives to get EU Settlement Scheme family permits

The UK’s agreements on the post-Brexit rights of EU, EFTA and Swiss residents allow beneficiaries to sponsor their non-European family members to live with them in the UK. There are broadly two types of eligible family members: direct family mem ...

8th November 2021 By

How do Covid-related absences from the UK affect EU pre-settled status?

On 15 December 2020 the Home Office published a short guidance document covering absences from the UK connected to COVID-19. It applies to EEA citizens and their family members who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or ...

17th June 2021 By

Changes to EU Settlement Scheme affect deadlines and family reunion

Appendix EU and Appendix EU (Family Permit), which contain the rules for the EU Settlement Scheme, have received their latest revamp in the recent statement of changes (HC 813) to the Immigration Rules. The explanatory memo says that the changes ̶ ...

5th November 2020 By

What is the legal status of EU citizens during the post-Brexit “grace period”?

As we’re constantly being reminded, free movement will come to an end this year. From 1 January 2021, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens who wish to move to the UK to work and study will have to meet the requirements of the new points-based immigration syste ...

25th September 2020 By

Court of Justice case confirms lower legal protections for Brits visiting the EU after Brexit

In all likelihood, the events of last Thursday mean the UK will be exiting the EU on 31 January 2020 with a deal. This means EU law will remain in place during a transitional period at least until 31 December 2020. After this date, either the transiti ...

18th December 2019 By

Quick Q&A: non-European spouses applying for settled status

We recently received the following enquiry about the EU Settlement Scheme: Hello, did you know that, when it comes to determining settled status eligibility of non-EU spouses of EU citizens, the Home Office considers the beginning of the marriage as t ...

3rd October 2019 By