The good news in immigration law is that Theresa May has scrapped the £65 fee millions of EU citizens were going to have to pay to protect their right to continue living in the UK after Brexit.
EU Citizens living in the UK after Brexit
EU citizens living in the UK were recently been told that they’ll be able to stay in the UK until the end of 2020, but they’ll have to apply to stay beyond this.
The Government this week began a ‘test phase’ of the EU Settlement Scheme – some who meet particular criteria can apply now, and the scheme will be fully open by 30th March. Applications were said to cost £65 for adults and £32.50 for under-16s.
But the Prime Minister has said the fee will be axed when the scheme is rolled out in full. In the meantime, anyone who pays or has already paid it will be reimbursed.
The Prime Minister Theresa May broadcasted this week (21st January) that the £65 payable by EU citizens as part of their settled status application is no longer needed. This is welcoming news particularly after the recent doubling in cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge which came into effect at the start of January 2019.
For those who are not aware EU citizens and their family members will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Successful Immigration application after Brexit
If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. If you have previously been granted “permanent residence” you will still need to make a settled status application.
Mariam Razzaq, partner solicitor at JMR solicitors says: “This is good news for many of our clients. At JMR, we have a 100% success rate on immigration cases and I’d be happy to look after anyone who wishes to pursue this extended immigration case with my firm.
The test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme only launched Monday morning of this week, but if you were one of the first to apply, you should be able to get a full refund.
The Government hasn’t yet publicised how it’ll do this – We will update this story when we know more.
The Prime Minister’s only committed to axing the fee once the scheme is rolled out in full of 30 March, so if you apply to the test phase before then, there’s a chance you could still be charged but they have said you can get a refund.”
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