There is a hostile environment in the UK with growing concern amongst EEA nationals owing to the UK government’s reluctance to provide clear and transparent guidance on the future of EEA nationals post-Brexit. There have been some proposals of a new streamlined process in applying for a Settled Status Document but the mechanics and purpose of this document remain blurred. Due to the web of uncertainty looming it is best advised that EEA nationals in the UK secure their status by applying for EEA Permanent Residence.
Preparing for the Settled Status Document
The government has failed to provide sufficient information on the Settled Status Document document and the process of applying for one. However, the Home Office has indicated that there will be a streamlined and cost-effective method in applying the Settled Status Document post-Brexit. Post-Brexit EEA nationals will need to apply for a settled or temporary residence document during the transitional period. As we understand, EEA nationals who are in the UK exercising Treaty Rights on 29 March 2019 but have not acquired 5 years will fall under the grace period. EEA nationals who fall under this grace period will be entitled to apply for a temporary status document.
Converting EEA Permanent Residence Document into Settled Status Document
EEA nationals who have successfully acquired Permanent Residence and hold a document certifying Permanent Residence in the UK will have an automatic entitlement to apply to switch into the Settled Status Document without having to meet any additional requirements. The settled status document will be governed by the Immigration Rules and not the relaxed EU Legislation.
Therefore it is recommended that EEA nationals apply for Permanent Residence so that they can benefit from automatic qualification to the Settled Status Document. In order to apply for EEA Permanent Residence, you must be able to show that you have been exercising Treaty Rights in the UK for a continuous period of 5 Years.
Using Legal Representation to Make an EEA Settled Status DocumentApplication
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit an EEA Settled Status Document application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your EEA Settled Status Document application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your EEA Settled Status application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful EEA Settled Status Document Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your EEA Settled Status Document application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your EEA Settled Status application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful EEA Settled Status Document application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.