The following information has been received from Father Richard McKay, a member of the Migrant Forum of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (representing Clifton Diocese). (The Bishops’ Conference has stressed the need for all EU passport holders in our parishes and communities to apply to the Home Office for ‘EU Settlement):
All EU citizens (those holding EU passports, including their children born in UK and those married to UK citizens ) after ‘Brexit’ must apply for residency in UK. ** Otherwise there is a danger that if travelling abroad you might not be allowed re-entry to UK after October 31st 2019 in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. Because there is now a real danger of ‘Brexit’ without an agreement, it is very advisable to make your application before Oct 31st. It is vitally important that those concerned (including people from Latin America holding Spanish passports and from Angola, East Timor etc holding Portuguese passports) understand the steps they need to take if they wish to remain in UK after 31st December 2020. For those who have lived in UK less than five years there is a ‘pre-EU Settlement’ application. For those here for more than five and less than ten years there is a particular EU Settlement application; for those over ten years there is a slightly different application. It is relatively simple in most cases, but you must apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ before end of June 2021 otherwise you could become an ‘illegal immigrant’. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/eu-settled-status
** Editors’ comment: It would seem that application should be made before October 31st. Please seek clarification, but do not wait until after Brexit.