EU Citizens Must Apply To Stay After Brexit
EU citizens living in Jersey will have to apply for settled status because of Brexit.
Anyone with permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documents will be able to exchange them.
It’s a similiar scheme to that in the UK, which has been announced in the Commons. Immigration Secretary Caroline Nokes produced a Statement of Intent for the UK’s EU settlement scheme.
External Relations Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, says he wants to recognise the important contribution EU citizens make to the island.
“They can I hope sleep easy tonight, knowing that if they’ve been with us for five years or if they’ve not quite been with us for five years, they can have pre-settled status that they can remain.
“They can stay with their families and they can have a strong future as part of our community.”
People wanting to stay in the UK will have to pay £65 – unless they already have the right documents.
It’s not yet been decided what cost, if any, will apply to those wanting to stay in Jersey.
There is no need for EU citizens living in Jersey to do anything now – Britain officially leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
But Senator Gorst says it was important to allay any fears as soon as possible.
“I think that has been the case (some fears over the future), perhaps over more recent months. It is a positive thing, that EU member state citizens working and living in Jersey can see that we’ve been working with the UK.
“It can give them confidence that they don’t need to fear for their future.”
The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme will mean:
Settled status will be granted to successful applicants who have been continuously living in Jersey for a total of 5 years or more by 31 December 2020, allowing them to continue to live and work in Jersey. They will also be able to apply for British nationality.
Pre-settled status will be granted to those applicants who fulfil all the requirements of the application but have been living in Jersey for less than 5 years. After they have completed 5 years residence they can then apply for settled status.
Family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in Jersey by 31 December 2020 will also be able to apply for settled status, after 5 years in the Island.
Close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens in the Island (where the family relationship existed on 31 December 2020).
Assistant Home Affairs Minister, Deputy Gregory Guida, says more work still needs to be done.
“The scheme that we are proposing will reflect that offered by the UK, allowing EU citizens who have lived in Jersey continuously for 5 years to apply for settled status. Those who have not yet lived in the Island for 5 years will also be able to apply, for ‘pre-settled’ status, gaining settled status when the full 5 years have elapsed.
“We are also working closely with the UK government to finalise the approach to time spent in Jersey in respect of eligibility for settled status in the UK and vice versa.”
More information on the scheme can be found here, with more to follow when it comes available.