Under the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement the vast majority of the estimated 17,500 EU citizens living in Oxford must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. Those who fail to do so, barring some exceptions, will become unlawfully resident in the UK. The process is designed to be simple and easily accessible, but some people have more complex issues.
Under the EUSS, which is free to apply to, applicants who have lived in the UK for five years or more will be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, also known as ‘Settled Status’. Those with less than five years will be granted Limited Leave to Remain, also known as ‘Pre-Settled Status’. Family members of EU citizens are also eligible to apply, even if they themselves are not EU citizens.