The Home Office will be changing its guidance for registration of EU citizens post-Brexit, following a legal case brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. The JCWI challenged the current system, and threatened a judicial review, but the Home Office has settled out of court, and has made the concessions requested.
The case centered around EU citizens who are currently living in the UK, who are elderly, a carer, a stay-at-home parent, mentally ill, a student, homeless or out of work through no fault of their own. The rules that had previously been published were unclear about the issuing of ‘Settled Status’, or the withdrawal of Settled Status to these people, and have now been amended. They now explicitly confirm that the government ‘will not refuse settled status to anyone who is not “economically inactive”, works part-time or lacks private health insurance.’
You can read the Guardian’s article about this online.
The application form for Settled Status for EU citizens can be found on the Gov.uk website, and is fully operational from 30 March.