Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the immigration status of EU27 nationals resident in the UK will be in the event that the UK leaves the EU if they were given indefinite leave to remain by the UK Government before either (a) the UK joined the EEC or (b) their country of origin joined the EEC/EC/EU.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 05 November 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

EU citizens who already hold indefinite leave to remain, regardless of when this was granted, can continue to rely on this status once the UK has left the European Union. They do not need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but they may do so if they wish as, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU reached on 17 October 2019, indefinite leave to remain granted under the scheme (referred to as ‘settled status’) has some additional benefits. For example, it will not lapse unless the person is absent from the UK and Islands for more than five years rather than for more than two years.

Relevant guidance for EU citizens is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/if-you-have-permanent-residence-or-indefinite-leave-to-remain.

EU citizens who already hold indefinite leave to remain, regardless of when this was granted, can continue to rely on this status once the UK has left the European Union. They do not need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but they may do so if they wish as, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU reached on 17 October 2019.

Relevant guidance for EU citizens is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/if-you-have-permanent-residence-or-indefinite-leave-to-remain.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

EU citizens who already hold indefinite leave to remain, regardless of when this was granted, can continue to rely on this status once the UK has left the European Union. They do not need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but they may do so if they wish as, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU reached on 17 October 2019, indefinite leave to remain granted under the scheme (referred to as ‘settled status’) has some additional benefits. For example, it will not lapse unless the person is absent from the UK and Islands for more than five years rather than for more than two years.

Relevant guidance for EU citizens is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/if-you-have-permanent-residence-or-indefinite-leave-to-remain.

EU citizens who already hold indefinite leave to remain, regardless of when this was granted, can continue to rely on this status once the UK has left the European Union. They do not need to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but they may do so if they wish as, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU reached on 17 October 2019.

Relevant guidance for EU citizens is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/if-you-have-permanent-residence-or-indefinite-leave-to-remain.

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