After Brexit the rules to enter the United Kingdom will change, here I want to clarify some of the stages you need to follow to be legally allowed in the country in this new condition.
Firstly, here are some dates you need to remember:
- 31/12/2020 is the last day anybody from the EU will be allowed in the country without asking for a Visa
- 30/06/2021 is the last day for people already living in the UK to ask for the settled status (or pre-settled depending on your conditions)
Now let’s speak about the two kinds of status European Citizens can ask and obtain: it is really simple, if you stayed in the UK for at least 6 months out of every 12 months of the last 5 years you can obtain the settled status, which will allow you to live and work in the UK forever as long as you don’t live outside the country for longer than 5 years in a row.
On the other hand, if you lived here for a period that goes from 1 day (in the last 6 months) to 5 years you can still ask for the pre-settled status, that will give you the right to work, study and live in the UK as well as use the NHS, rent a house and claim the state pension.
Now, here is everything you need to have when sending the request for your settled or pre-settled status (thing that you can easily do from an android phone downloading the app EU Exit: ID Document Check):
- ID (passport or identity document)
- Photo (you will be allowed to take a selfie with the app itself)
- National Insurance Number (NiN) or other proof of your stay in the UK
- Mobile Number
- Email address
Something I would like to clarify are the ways to prove your stay in the UK. The easiest way is undoubtedly using the NiN but if you just came or didn’t apply for one yet there are other things you can use. For example if you just visited for a couple of days you can send over you airplane/bus/train tickets or a bank statement that shows you spent money in the country. If you rented a house you can show utility bills or council tax payments receipts. GP appointments or mobile phone bills registered here in England are also accepted.
With the pre-settled status you can stay in England for 5 years in a row or spend maximum 2 years abroad without losing your status, but always remember that to ask for the settled status you need to spend at least 6 months per year in the UK.
As soon as more information about the Visa needed to visit or move in the country will be available I will upload the post.