To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish her timetable for publishing revised guidance on the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on applications under the EU Settlement Scheme after its withdrawal on 6 May 2021; and if she will make it her policy to (a) publish and (b) publicise that guidance in time for applicants to review its contents before the EU Settlement Scheme’s 30 June 2021 deadline.
10 June 2021
The Government is working to publish revised COVID-19 guidance for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The guidance will be available on GOV.UK in advance of the 30 June 2021 deadline.
The end of the transition period at 11pm on 31 December 2020 remains the point by which EEA and Swiss citizens need to have been resident in the UK to be eligible for the EUSS. There are no plans to extend the deadline for those who wished to travel to the UK for the first time in order to apply to the EUSS, but did not do so. Travel is and was permitted from the EEA and Switzerland for the purpose of taking up residence in the UK, subject to complying with the relevant local public health regulations in each nation.
EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and were outside the UK on this date are eligible to apply to the EUSS, including from overseas, by the deadline of 30 June 2021.
EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, are permitted to be absent from the UK for a period of up to 12 months without breaking their continuity of residence where this is for an important reason, which can include COVID-19. The revised guidance will provide additional flexibility to those EEA and Swiss citizens who would otherwise have broken their continuous qualifying period of residence because of COVID-19. The guidance will set out a non-exhaustive list of examples for what may constitute permitted absence for a COVID-19 related reason.