ArticleLate applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) has been a crucial pathway for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens residing in the UK, along with their families. Despite the official application deadline of June 30, 2021, there is still an opportunity for late submissions. This article serves as a comprehensive guide for those needing to make a late application to the EUSS.

Eligibility for a late application hinges on specific criteria set by the UK Home Office. It is imperative to verify eligibility through the official EUSS FAQ, ensuring you meet the necessary requirements.

Late application provisions

Late submissions are reviewed individually, with the Home Office assessing the ‘reasonable grounds’ for missing the initial deadline. This process started in August 2023, and understanding what constitutes ‘reasonable grounds’ is key to a successful application.

Consequences of late applications

Submitting a late application carries certain risks. Until the Home Office acknowledges the reasonableness of the grounds provided, applicants will not receive a Certificate of Application (CoA). If the grounds are rejected, the application fails with no option for Administrative Review or appeal.

Given the complexities involved, professional assistance is highly advised. Expert Immigration lawyers or advisors can provide valuable guidance throughout the process.

Application process

For those proceeding independently, a thorough approach is essential. Draft a detailed cover letter explaining the reasons for the delay, and attach supporting documents, such as medical records, as evidence.

Key tips for late applications:
  • Ensure your cover letter clearly articulates the reasons for the late application.
  • Use the application form to refer to the cover letter, guiding the Home Office to review your attached evidence.
  • Avoid oversimplifying reasons in the application form to ensure a comprehensive review of your situation.
Family members’ applications

Family members outside the UK at the deadline are not bound by the June 30, 2021 cutoff. They have the option to join their EU family members in the UK either through the Family Permit Route or by applying directly to the EUSS as joining family members, ideally within 90 days of arrival.

Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme are feasible but hinge on demonstrating valid reasons for missing the initial deadline. A meticulous, well-documented approach, whether done independently or with professional help from expert immigration lawyers, is crucial for success. Stay informed, seek appropriate guidance, and ensure all necessary documentation is prepared and submitted to manage the late application process effectively.

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