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Almost 60,000 EU Citizens in Northern Ireland Have Applied for ‘Settled Status’

Almost 60,000 EU Citizens in Northern Ireland Have Applied for ‘Settled Status’

As of the 1 July, almost 60,000 European citizens living in Northern Ireland have decided to apply for the UK’s Settled Status scheme, securing their right to live and work in the UK once the post-Brexit rules are enforced in January 2021. 

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Almost 60,000 EU Citizens in Northern Ireland Have Applied for ‘Settled Status’ 

As of the 1 July, almost 60,000 European citizens living in Northern Ireland have decided to apply for the UK’s Settled Status scheme, securing their right to live and work in the UK once the post-Brexit rules are enforced in January 2021. 

Many are seeking Settled Status in the UK to solidify their rights in the country – and further secure the possibility of becoming British Citizens later down the line. To meet the requirements for Settled Status, EU citizens must have lived in the UK for at least five years continuously. Those who do not meet the five years continuous residency can alternatively seek Pre-Settled Status.

Department for the Economy official, Paul Grocott, welcomed the influx of applicants as it allows them to “make Northern Ireland their home.” 

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The UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland share a special relationship that will continue even after Brexit. [Image: Unsplash/Jordan McDonald.]
However, Grocott warned that the UK Government needs to “recognise the needs of the Northern Ireland economy and the Northern Ireland labour market.” 

As of the 1 July, almost 60,000 European citizens living in Northern Ireland have decided to apply for the UK’s Settled Status scheme, securing their right to live and work in the UK once the post-Brexit rules are enforced in January 2021. 

As such, Grocott said businesses remain concerned about the future trade relationship with Great Britain, stressing that there was “low preparedness” within smaller businesses due to a lack of clarity and a stark absence of detail about tariffs for trading. For example, little has been said on the subject of customs processes, regulations and compliance on goods, and on VAT. 

Still, it is not necessary for Northern Ireland citizens to register for Settled Status in the UK according to the UK Government. The policy is that those with Irish citizenship have a general right to live in the country as their right of residence ‘is not reliant on the UK’s membership to the EU’. 

The Common Travel Area between the isle of Ireland, British Isles and Great Britain means residents of those areas are treated as though they have “permanent immigration permission to remain in the UK”, including the right to vote, work, access public funding and use the NHS. 

It is not necessary for Northern Ireland citizens to register for Settled Status in the UK according to the UK Government. The policy is that those with Irish citizenship have a general right to live in the country as their right of residence ‘is not reliant on the UK’s membership to the EU’. 

However, the EU Settlement Scheme has been extended to Irish nationals as a matter of courtesy. Unlike any other EU nationals originating from an EU country, Irish citizens can choose whether or not they want to apply for the scheme.  

If you need help applying for Settled Status, British Citizenship or Irish Citizenship, the Immigration Advice Service is here to help. All our lawyers are OISC certified and trained in all areas of domestic and international immigration law, including the UK, Ireland and the US. Contact us today on (+353) 061 518 025 to hear more about our services and how we can help you.