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Those currently loving in the UK but who don’t hold a British passport can apply for a settled status which is known as UK residency. If they get this then it gives them the right to live, work and study in the UK and can have access to state benefits such as pensions, child benefit and NHS.
However, not everyone is eligible. They need to have lived in the UK before 30 December 2020 and have lived there continuously for 5 years. But if work, study or military service breaks the 5 years up then the individual can still apply for the pre-settled status and then later apply for the settled status after a solid 5 years has been achieved.
Note to employers: If you are planning on sending your EU national employees on overseas secondments the employer will need to consider the 5-year rule!
The application will need to be paid for by the individual which is expected to be £65.00 for an adult and £32.00 for a child Once parliament have approved this proposal then the service should be open from 30 March 2019 and those who have applied must have submitted their application by 30 June 2021.
*Employers will still have to check the right to work of all recruits up until the end of 2020. The settled status does not yet replace this.
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