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Brexit information for Managers & Staff

NHSGGC is a forward-facing, inclusive organisation, attracting international expertise and skills from around the globe. We greatly value the contribution of all our staff and recognise that many have a number of professional and personal concerns and questions following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU). 

We are wholly committed to ensuring our EU staff and their families have access to up-to-date information, support and advice during this period of uncertainty. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be seeking clarity, establishing facts and ensuring that our EU staff are kept updated on developments as and when they happen.

We have compiled this information as a source of advice and support to enable us to keep you up-to-date.

 

Time is running out!

  

 

If you’re an EU citizen and were living in the UK by 31st December 2020, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even if you have permanent residence.  You may need to apply for your children even if you have already applied for yourself.  The deadline is 30th June 2021... so time is running out! If you don’t apply, you could lose your existing rights to live, work and access free healthcare in the UK. EU citizens apply online today at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme

  


 

Guidance for staff 

Following decisions by the UK Government the UK has now left the EU.  EU citizens who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will have to apply to the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. Even if you have been resident in the UK for a long time you will still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

 

  


 

Guidance for line managers

The EU Settlement Scheme: guidance for line managers has been updated, reflecting the recent guidance published by the UK Government.

  


 

Message from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport recognises the importance our EU, EEA and Swiss citizens have within NHS Scotland.  The Minister has encouraged all of these citizens to join the EU Settlement Scheme.  Download and read her message here.

   


 

Brexit FAQs

The EU Settlement Scheme is the initiative introduced by the Home Office (a division of the UK Government) which proc...

The EU Settlement Scheme is the initiative introduced by the Home Office (a division of the UK Government) which processes applications of individuals who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Successful applicants will be given either settled or pre-settled status.

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme: Austria, Belgium...

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

Irish citizens may apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, but it is not essential.

UK citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you are a citizen of one of the above countries, but have been granted indefinite leave to remain, you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years up to 31st December 2020 – you will be eligible to ...

If you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years up to 31st December 2020 – you will be eligible to apply for settled status (known as indefinite leave to remain).

If you have primarily lived in the UK for a period of less than five years – you will be eligible to apply for pre-settled status (known as limited leave to remain).

Once you have resided in the UK for a period of five years, you should apply to have your pre-settled status changed to settled status.

If you were resident in the UK before 31st December 2020, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme prior to 30th Ju...

If you were resident in the UK before 31st December 2020, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme prior to 30th June 2021.

If you have resided in the UK since 1st January 2021, it is likely you have been permitted to enter the UK under another immigration control (i.e. Skilled Worker Visa, Visitors Visa, Student Visa etc).  You will not be eligible to join the EU Settlement Scheme.

You will need to provide proof of: Your identity (Passport or national identity card) Your residence in the UK (F...

You will need to provide proof of:

  • Your identity (Passport or national identity card)
  • Your residence in the UK (Further information on evidence of UK residence can be found on the Home Office website).

As part of your application, you will also be asked to declare convictions that appear in your criminal record (in the UK or overseas).  This information will be checked against the UK’s crime database.

There is currently no cost to join the EU Settlement Scheme. 

There is currently no cost to join the EU Settlement Scheme. 

You must submit your application directly via the UK Government Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus.

You must submit your application directly via the UK Government Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus.

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021.  The Home Office have confirmed this date wi...

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30th June 2021.  The Home Office have confirmed this date will not be extended.

If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30th June 2021, you will be an unlawful resident.  This me...

If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30th June 2021, you will be an unlawful resident.  This means you will not have access to jobs, the rental market, healthcare, social services, and other rights, and you may be subject to detention and ultimately removal from the UK.

The Home Office will not automatically grant late applications. They first will assess the reason for the late applic...

The Home Office will not automatically grant late applications. They first will assess the reason for the late application and will determine whether or not it is a reasonable excuse. They will also assess if it has been submitted as soon as reasonably possible after the deadline.

It usually takes around 5 working days for the Home Office to review your application to join the EU Settlement Schem...

It usually takes around 5 working days for the Home Office to review your application to join the EU Settlement Scheme if no further information is required.

However, it can take up to a month if further information is requested from the Home Office.

You will not get a physical document.  If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming...

You will not get a physical document. 

If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming your settled or pre-settled status.

You can view and prove your immigration status by using the Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.

You can be asked to prove your right to work from 1st July 2021.

Each child must have their own application. You can apply for your child or they can apply for themselves.  You will ...

Each child must have their own application. You can apply for your child or they can apply for themselves.  You will need to prove your relationship to your child, as well as their identity and any residency within the UK (if they were resident before 1st January 2021).

You can view and prove your immigration status by using the Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigr...

You can view and prove your immigration status by using the Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status.

You can be asked to prove your right to work from 1st July 2021.

You do not need to tell anybody about your EU Settlement status. You can be asked to prove your right to work from 1...

You do not need to tell anybody about your EU Settlement status.

You can be asked to prove your right to work from 1st July 2021.

As of 31st March 2021: 2,623,700 (53%) applications have been granted settled status 2,173,300 (44%) applications...

As of 31st March 2021:

  • 2,623,700 (53%) applications have been granted settled status
  • 2,173,300 (44%) applications have been granted pre-settled status
  • 55,900 (1%) applications have been refused
  • 60,200 (1%) applications have been withdrawn
  • 64,600 (1%) applications were invalid

The three main reasons for an application being refused were due to having a serious criminal conviction, unable to prove identity, unable to provide evidence of UK residency.

If your application is refused, the Home Office will provide you with their reasons and a right to appeal.  If the information contained within your refusal letter is not clear, you should contact the Home Office directly to seek clarification.  Alternatively, you could seek guidance from a qualified immigration advisor.

Online support: https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/what-is-your-question   If you’re inside the UK...

Online support:

https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/what-is-your-question

 

If you’re inside the UK:

Telephone: 0300 123 7379

 

If you’re outside the UK:

Telephone: +44 (0)203 080 0010

 


Archived updates

 

You can view previous information and updates by visiting the Brexit information for Managers & Staff archive webpage.

Last Updated: 20 April 2021