Oct 15 2018

Update from UUK on the EU Settlement Scheme

On Thursday 11 October, the Home Office confirmed the next phase of the roll-out of the EU Settlement Scheme. The second pilot of the changes to the Immigration Rules will include staff working in higher education institutions.

The EU Settlement Scheme is the process for resident EU citizens and their family members to apply for settled status or pre-settled status, and therefore continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020. Those applying to the scheme will only need to take three key steps:

(1)    prove their identity;

(2)   show that that they live in the UK; and

(3)    declare any criminal convictions.

The Home Office is carrying out a series of private pilot phases ahead of the public launch of the scheme.  This testing approach is now standard for the launch of new services in government.

The first phase of the pilot ran from late August until October. The second phase, in which higher education institutions will be able to participate, will take place from 1 November to 21 December. Staff at all higher education institutions registered as a Tier 4 sponsor will be eligible to participate.

You can sign up here to receive texts about when the scheme opens.