To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement made by the Home Secretary on 28 January on no deal arrangements for EU citizens, what requirements EU citizens who have previously lived in the UK will have to meet to have the right to apply for settlement; what estimate they have made of how many such EU citizens are likely to apply; and on what basis any estimate was made.
EU citizens who have previously lived in the UK will be eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, provided that they have maintained their continui-ty of residence in the UK and meet all the other requirements.
Those who have been continuously resident in the UK for five years or more may be absent from the UK for up to five years without breaking their continu-ity of residence. Those who have been continuously resident in the UK for less than five years are allowed up to six months’ absence in any 12-month period, and one period of absence of up to 12 months for a good reason, such as pregnancy or an overseas posting.
An Impact Assessment (IA) for the EU Settlement Scheme has been pro-duced which includes indicative estimates of volume of applications. The IA is currently under review in light of the announcement made on 21 January 2019 regarding the removal of application fees for the scheme. The IA can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2018/116/pdfs/ukia_20180116_en.pdf