With so many changes to the law happening at the moment, if you’re an EU national currently in the UK, there are certain steps you’re going to need to take to secure your status in the country. Whether you have a permanent residence card or not, those who are looking to remain lawfully in Britain beyond 30th June 2021, will need to decide whether they’re going to apply for a settled status or permanent residence.
But, when making this incredibly important decision, which is better? What differentiates the two and is there a certain one you should choose depending on your status? The following information will help you towards making your choice.
What is an EU settled status?
The end of the EU freedom of movement and the introduction of the new points-based immigrations system has changed everything. It means that any EU citizens coming to the UK from 1st January 2021 will need to apply for a visa before they travel. If you’re an EU national who is already in the UK however, you will now need to apply for a settled status by 30th June 2021. This is the only way to safeguard your future status in the UK.
This settled status is the official grant of immigration status by the Home Office. It will allow you to continue to live, work and study in the UK on an indefinite basis. You’ll also have access to healthcare and, if you’re eligible, any state benefits and pensions.
With a settled status, you’ll have access to the same rights and benefits that you were entitled to under the freedom of movement act. It’s important to remember that a settled status is not an automatic right. If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, you’ll need to apply for, and be granted EU settled status.
What is a permanent residence?
Before the UK left the EU, it wasn’t a mandatory requirement for any qualifying EU citizens to apply for a permanent residence card in the UK, unless of course they were looking to apply for British citizenship.
EU citizens wanting to apply for permanent residence or a citizenship need to have had a settled status for at least 12 months.
Which is better?
Which you end up choosing completely depends on your personal circumstances. Ultimately if you’re wanting to remain in the UK as a British citizen in the long run, applying for a settled status will allow you to get to that point. If you’d like to become a British national and enjoy all the same rights, including the right to vote and to get yourself a British passport, ultimately you will need to apply for both. You may want to enlist the help of specialists who can help you make the decision based on your circumstances.