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Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit


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From the 29th March 2019 Swiss citizens living in the UK can apply through the Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit. 

CATEGORY

Brexit

BREXIT UPDATE

Switzerland and the UK have taken further steps in recent months to ensure continuity in their bilateral relations after Brexit. On 31 October 2019, Switzerland and the UK signed a transitional agreement for social security after the UK leaves the EU. The agreement is part of Switzerland's ‘Mind the gap’ strategy. It remains in force until 31 December 2020 and ensures social security coordination between Switzerland and the UK whatever the circumstances of a UK exit from the EU.

The Conservative Party won the general election on 12 December 2019 with a solid majority of 80 seats. At the beginning of February 2020, the UK entered a transition period, which according to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill should last until the end of 2020.

The bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU will continue to apply between Switzerland and the UK during that period. Looking to the future, Switzerland and the UK will be leading discussions to identify further potential themes of mutual interest and deepen the scope of agreements concluded so far.

RIGHTS OF SWISS CITIZENS IN THE UK AFTER BREXIT (‘SETTLED STATUS’)

Swiss citizens residing in the UK on the date the UK leaves the EU will be able to carry on with their lives just as before.

However, Swiss citizens and their family members have to register for a new residence status under the EU Settlement Scheme, to receive what is known as settled or pre-settled status.

You…

  • ... cannot apply if you have UK-Swiss dual nationality as you already have full residence rights.
  • ... do need to apply if you are married to a British citizen but do not have British citizenship.
  • ... do not need to apply if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) but we recommend that you do as you will have additional benefits.

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

Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement as published by www.gov.uk

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.