Extension of Pre-settled Status
From September 2023 all Europeans, living in the UK with pre-settled status, who haven`t obtained a Settlement yet will automatically have their status extended by 2 years before it expires, announced the UK government.
This means that if you are a pre-settled status holder nearing the expiry date of your current status, you don't need to worry about losing your right to live, study, or work in the UK. The extension will be applied automatically, and you will be notified by the Home Office.
However, if you've been living continuously in the UK for at least five years, holding Pre-settled status, this extension should not deter you from applying for Settled status.
Automatic Switching to Settled Status
The Home Office is planning to take further steps in 2024 to grant all the eligible pre-settled status holders with Settlement. They will be switched automatically to the new scheme. This process will not require you to submit a new application.
Detailed information regarding this automatic process will be provided before it is launched. Importantly, this will not affect those who already hold settled status or have become British citizens.
Keeping Your Information Up to Date
Whether you have pre-settled or settled status, it's crucial to keep your contact information, such as your email address, up to date. This ensures you receive important updates or information regarding your EUSS status. You can update your details quickly and easily through the 'Update your UK Visas and Immigration account details' service or the 'Update details' function of the View and Prove service.
Additionally, updating the Home Office when you receive a new passport or national identity card is essential to avoid unnecessary delays when traveling internationally.
Traveling to or from the UK
When traveling to or from the UK, it's advisable to use the same document you used to apply to the EUSS. If you plan to travel using a different document, make sure to update your UKVI account to add that document. For visa nationals with pre-settled or settled status, carrying your in-date biometric residence card is recommended when traveling.
If you've become a British citizen since obtaining settled status, you should use either a valid British passport or a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode when re-entering the UK following overseas travel.
Further Information and Support
For additional information on the EUSS and support available for applying to switch to settled status, visit the official EU Settlement Scheme website.
Privacy and Your Data
To learn more about how the Home Office processes and uses your personal data, you can visit their privacy information notice on personal information use in borders, immigration, and citizenship.
The EU Settlement Scheme continues to evolve to provide security and peace of mind to EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens living in the UK. Stay informed, keep your details up to date, and take advantage of the opportunities to secure your settled status.