The EU Settlement Scheme is well underway, with 600,000 European citizens and their families having now applied to stay in the UK after Brexit. The scheme appears to have lived up to its billing insofar as the Home Office is looking to grant people settled status rather than refuse it. Officially, there have been zero refusals in the 188,000 cases decided by mid-April 2019.
It does seem wildly unlikely that a 100% grant rate will be sustained in the long run. There have been well-documented teething troubles for individual applicants, and the number of people who will ultimately slip through the cracks by failing to apply at all remains a major concern.
It seemed a shame not to add a podcast to the list, so we thought we’d use that format to address some common issues with the settled status process. I sat down with Chris Benn of Seraphus Solicitors. On the agenda was:
- Submitting additional documents as proof of UK residence
- Children’s applications
- Do children of EU citizens have to apply? (Spoiler: yes, if not British or Irish)
- Linking a child’s application to their parent’s
- Reader FAQs
- Can an adviser use their own contact details for multiple applications? (Spoiler: yes)
- If I have a permanent residence card already, do I have to upload it? (No)
- What can I prove with my decision letter? (Nothing)
- What happens when my passport or ID document expires? (You’ll have to tell the Home Office)