EU citizens in Jersey facing four-month wait for settled status

Pedro Gonçalves
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EU citizens in Jersey facing four-month wait for settled status

EU citizens living in Jersey will have to wait up to four months for their Settlement Scheme application to be decided, with only 3,900 of the 10,800 applications made had been processed.

The scheme allows EU citizens to continue living in Jersey after Brexit. The current waiting period from application to completion was approximately four months. 

To apply, those from the EU have to submit an application form and provide their passport or national ID card to prove their identity. The scheme which first opened over a year ago, has so far not refused any application.

I would recommend that any EU nationals looking to stay in Jersey beyond that date make their application in good time"

Subject to criminality checks, they are either granted a Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status, depending on whether they have lived in Jersey for less or more than five years.

To date, 80% of people who have applied have been granted their status without having to submit any additional documentation, and no applications have been refused.

"I'm pleased that so many members of the Island's EU community have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme," Constable Len Norman, Minister for Home Affairs, said.

"While the scheme is open until 31 December 2020, I would recommend that any EU nationals looking to stay in Jersey beyond that date make their application in good time."

Depending on criminality checks, those from the EU will be granted Pre-Settled Status if they have lived in the island for less than five years. For those who have lived in Jersey for more than five years will be granted Settled Status.

EU citizens who arrive in Jersey before 31 December 2020 will be eligible to the scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to apply," the spokesperson told the Bailiwick Express. "As long an application is submitted before 30 June 2021, the applicant will remain in Jersey lawfully, even if their status is not granted until after that date."

The government said the majority (62%) of the applications have been made by Portuguese nationals, while Polish and Romanian nationals make up 14% and 10% of the total respectively.

It is estimated that an additional 10,000  EU citizens will apply to the scheme.

You can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme here

 

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