The general EUSS application deadline of 30 June 2021 has passed, but EU Settlement Scheme casework remains a vital competence for practitioners.
The scope for late applications citing “reasonable grounds” is wide, and a range of family members can still enter the EU Settlement Scheme. Meanwhile, those with pre-settled status can “upgrade” to settled status as soon as they reach 5 years’ residence rather than when their status expires, which provides ongoing work. Appeals are also beginning to reach the tribunal.
We aim to give an overview of the latest state of play, incorporating the most recent statement of changes, and covering:
- EUSS basics refresher
- Family members, including durable partners and dependent parents/adult children
- Other dependent family members and EEA family permits
- Late applications, reasonable grounds and the effect on immigration status
- Covid-19 absences and continuous residence
- The lifting of the prohibition on applications from visitors
- Suitability and triggering enforcement action – evaluating the merits of making an application
- Remedies – strategic considerations when choosing the most suitable remedy