Message for EU nationals who have applied for ‘settled status’
You will probably be aware that the EU Exit transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020 and the UK ceased to be a member of the European Union.
On 1 January 2021 free movement ended and, as your employer, we are keen to continue to offer our support at this difficult time. We believe it is vital that we support our EU colleagues to remain working in our Trust and, where possible, to continue to attract further colleagues to join us from the EU. Our EU colleagues, like all our staff, are highly valued.
We know the number of EU colleagues employed by the Trust is growing and we therefore want to remind people of the legislation regarding the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). This is a process whereby EU nationals currently working in the UK can apply for what is known as settled status, giving permanent residence.
If you have applied for settled status in the UK, you needed to have completed your application to the EUSS prior to 31 December. More information on the application process can be found below.*
Please can you let us know your settlement status by 15 January 2021. We would be grateful if you could inform the People Services team by emailing E: firstname.lastname@example.org and copying in E:DCHST.email@example.com
*Settlement – technical information
- If you have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period, known as continuous residence, you will usually get settled status. Five years’ continuous residence means that for five years in a row you have been in the UK for at least six months in any 12-month period, except for one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting), compulsory military service of any length time spent abroad as a Crown servant, or as the family member of a Crown servant, time spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces.
- If you do not have five years’ continuous residence when you apply, you will get pre-settled status. You can then apply to change this to settled status once you have got five years’ continuous residence, but before your pre-settled status expires. You can stay in the UK for five years from the date you get pre-settled status. Pre-settled status cannot be extended.
- If you will reach five years’ continuous residence at some point by 31 December 2020 or prior to 30 June 2021, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach five years’ residence. If your application is successful you will get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status.
Further details can be found by following this link to the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/employing-eu-citizens-in-the-uk#eu-settlement-scheme