EU Settlement Scheme – employer toolkit and testing of the application process
The Home Office has launched an official toolkit to help employers support their EU staff to understand the new EU Settlement Scheme and application process. The Settlement Scheme will also be tested in three universities and 12 NHS trusts in the north west of England, before being launched in March 2019.
This update provides further information and a link to the toolkit.
The new EU Settlement Scheme will not be fully open until 31 March 2019. The Settlement Scheme will replace the current Treaty rights of EU citizens which will cease to exist when the UK leaves the EU; although there will be a transition phase until the end of June 2021. EU citizens who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for Settled Status.
The Home Office launched an employer toolkit on Wednesday 25 July, which aims to equip employers with the right tools and practical information on the EU Settlement Scheme in order that they can support their EU employees and their families to understand the scheme and the application process.
The toolkit has been developed in consultation with the CBI and contains the following materials:
- Introduction pack
- Briefing pack
Testing of application process
Prior to the full opening of the Settlement Scheme in March 2019, live testing of the application process for the scheme will commence on Tuesday 28 August for the EU staff and students of three universities and 12 NHS trusts in the north west of England. This will allow those working on the scheme to test the system using real applicants and to make improvements ahead of the full roll-out. There may be further testing after the initial pilot depending on the results, and the employer toolkit will be further developed and updated accordingly.
Confirmation of EU student fee status
The Department of Education has announcement that EU students starting courses next year (2019-20) in England will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses and that tuition fees will remain at £9,250, for home and EU students.