ArticleWhat are the latest changes in the EU settlement scheme?

In a significant development affecting European nationals in the UK, the Home Office has unveiled a series of amendments to the UK immigration system, as outlined in the latest EU settlement scheme update statement to the Immigration Rules (HC246), released on 7 December 2023. Set to take effect from 16 January 2024, these changes are critical for EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals residing in the UK and their family members.

The EU Settlement Scheme update has been instrumental in facilitating the transition of EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals residing in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. It offers a structured pathway for these individuals and their families to secure their immigration status in the post-Brexit era. However, the upcoming revisions signal a more stringent approach towards immigration control and compliance.

  • Restrictions on irregular entry:

    The new rules aim to prevent EUSS applications from individuals who arrive in the UK through irregular means, including small boats. This measure is part of the government’s broader strategy to combat illegal migration and reinforce border security.

  • Timely applications for joining family members:

    Visitors in the UK who wish to apply to the EUSS as joining family members must now submit their applications within three months of their arrival. This change is designed to streamline the application process and ensure timely submissions.

  • Enhanced power to curtail limited leave under the EUSS:

    The Home Office will have enhanced powers to revoke limited leave to enter or remain granted under the EUSS, should there be substantial and proportional reasons. This provision specifically targets those who fail to meet the criteria set out in Appendix EU and includes an option for appeal to maintain procedural fairness.

These adjustments to the EU Settlement Scheme mark a significant shift in the UK’s immigration landscape, particularly for European nationals residing in the country. Affected individuals must understand these changes and take appropriate steps to comply with the new regulations. As always, staying informed and seeking professional guidance from the best solicitors can greatly assist in handling these complex immigration processes.

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