"Although Brexit Day has officially passed, the UK will remain bound by the laws of the EU until the end of the transition period. In other words, as things currently stand, little will change for the average UK resident until at least the 1st of January 2021.

However, for the 3 million European nationals residing in the UK, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you are a European, EEA or Swiss citizen who intends to continue living and working in the UK following the end of the transition period.

The scheme is free to apply to and the deadline for applicants is 30th June 2021.

While it might be easy to overlook the scheme as a meaningless piece of bureaucracy, it is a crucial piece of documentation for millions of individuals. If only 5% of Europeans living in the UK miss the deadline, approximately 150,000 people will suddenly be classed as illegal immigrants. This would cause an unprecedented strain on our society. It is not in our best interests to say goodbye to our European population; therefore, we are committed to working with the government to order to facilitate EU nationals remaining in the UK.

Our EU citizens are so important, many of whom are working so tirelessly throught this pandemic in key industries, risking their lives on the front-line. We want to help you secure your status.”

Kam Balayev, Renew’s candidate for London mayor.

How to apply

You can apply to the government’s EU Settlement Scheme via the government website.

You will need proof of identity, in the form of a valid passport or national identity card, which you can scan using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app. You can download the app below on both Apple and Android devices.

You usually need to have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. To demonstrate this, you will need your National Insurance number.

For further information, read the guidance on the government website.

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