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Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit open


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Swiss citizens living in the UK can now apply through the Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit. 

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Brexit

The EU Settlement Scheme is open for Swiss, EU and EEA nationals. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

You will need to have been living in the UK by 12 April 2019 to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Fees

It’s free to apply to the scheme.

If you paid a fee when you applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll get a refund.

 

Where to Apply

Home Office Official Page: 
https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-youll-need-to-apply

Swiss Embassy FAQs: https://www.dfae.admin.ch/countries/united-kingdom/en/home/representations/embassy-in-london/embassy-tasks/political-affairs/brexit-faq.html

Useful walkthrough video on the Settled Status Application: https://righttoremain.org.uk/video-on-eu-settled-status-application/?fbclid=IwAR2HHPC73MbADYP_6jpvYZG7J-rcrrSIrjtaphS7rROtS4MVpzqMr8AeNCg

Free Movement have produced this very useful walk-through video, on the EU settled status application. Have a look at the video, and also read this more detailed article also on the Free Movement blog. The resources take you through the application stage by stage, including using the Android app to scan your passport (and your face), and the letter you will receive if you are successful.

Extract of a message from the Swiss Ambassador to Swiss citizens resident in the UK:

 

Please note that the Swiss Embassy will not be able to intervene with the Home Office in settled status applications or give individual legal advice. The following sources of help should cover every question and scenario:

  • For eligibility please read our FAQs or visit the Home Office Settlement Scheme website
  • For additional information or support on the application process, get in touch with the EU settlement resolution centre via phone or their web query service

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for at any of the above links, you can contact the Swiss Embassy by email. Please bear in mind that they are a small team, and with around 35,000 Swiss citizens to take care of we need to prioritise complex cases and the more vulnerable members of our community.

You should continue to follow the Embassy's Twitter and Facebook accounts and check the Embassy website and local pages of the Swiss Review for more information on all aspects of the Brexit process and how Swiss citizens are affected.

Please share this information with Swiss friends and family who may not have registered their email address with us.