Gain Settled Status In London With Westkin
Benefits Of Our Settled Status UK Service:
- Fixed Price for all applications: we won’t charge you any unexpected or unnecessary fees.
- Confidence in our lawyers: We’re certain that we can get you the end results you want, so we offer a full refund if we can’t get your settled status granted
- A fast and thorough service for all of our clients: we can normally complete all of our work in one afternoon for you.
- Piece of mind for your whole family: Assistance with additional dependents for just £50 each.
Applying for Settled Status is a quick and easy process, and our team of lawyers specialising in settled status in London can help to make the application smooth and stress free for you and your family. Taking the next step towards a comfortable and settled life in the UK is only a few steps away, and our team can help you in with that move. We know that choosing legal representation can be a difficult process, which is why we assure you of our 6 unbreakable promises which we think make us stand out from the rest.
“Westkin helped me with all stages of the process to get my Wife’s settlement visa. Westkin Associates and their team are extremely helpful and professional. We had two settlement visas rejected and a visitor visa rejected when applying ‘on our own’. It all looks simple until Westkin goes through every point with you. They are very friendly and approachable. If you are looking for professional advice in immigration matters, Westkin is a great option. Thanks for your help, we can plan our life now! We cannot give enough thanks to them.” – Steven Harvey
What Is UK Settled Status?
UK Settled Status, sometimes known as EU Settled Status, is permanent residency in the United Kingdom for EU nationals and their family members following the Brexit referendum result. It is a way of ensuring that EU nationals who lived in the UK during Brexit do not have to leave the United Kingdom.
What Is UK Pre-Settled Status?
Pre-Settled status is for those persons who have not yet built up 5 years residency in the United Kingdom, they will be given Pre-Settled Status and can remain in the United Kingdom after Brexit. Once they have built up 5 year residency they can then apply for Settled Status, which is permanent residency in the United Kingdom.
Who Can Apply For UK Settled Status?
If you’re an EU national currently living in the UK with a valid ID, applying for settled status is a great step towards building your future life in the UK for yourself and your family. Any non-EU national with Retained Rights may also apply for UK Settled Status, as long as they were issued with a Biometric Residence Card.
Individuals who are not EU nationals, but live with a family member who is, can also apply for settled status in the UK. These family members do not have to apply together or at the same time as long as they have a BRP issued under the EEA Regulations.
Applying for Settled Status in the UK can help to provide stability for you and your family. Having Settled Status can offer you with a wealth of benefits, including the right to work in the UK, use the NHS for free, enrol in education, access public funds such as benefits and pensions and travel in and out of the UK freely.
Who Qualifies For Settled Status?
Our team of Immigration Lawyers in London are here to assist you with your Settled Status application, and if you’re not sure if you qualify, we’re available for a cost-free, commitment-free chat about your situation. Immigration law can be a complex topic and it may be difficult to know whether you qualify for a visa. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or call our office on 020 8038 0814.
You may qualify for Settled Status if:
- You have a PR/ILR document and haven’t been out of the UK for more than five years subsequently.
- You have been continuously resident in the UK for five years and have not been out of the UK for five years subsequently.
- You have not been in the UK for the required five years but are “a worker” who has ceased activity.
- You have 3 years residence in the UK and worked for at least 12 months before retiring.
- You have 2 years UK residence and stopped work due to injury.
- You Stopped work due to injury at work and got a pension due to injury.
Other instances where Settled Status may be considered:
- Children under 21 years old, even where residence less than five years and an EU parent has been granted under the scheme, or would be if Irish.
- British citizens don’t need to apply for settled status or pre-settled status but can if they wish.
Family Members Of EU Citizens
If you are not a EU Citizen but are a family member of one then you can also apply for settled status if:
- You have PR/ILR and haven’t lost it through absence from the UK of over 5 years.
- You are a Family member of an EU worker who has ceased activity.
- Your EU Family member died and was resident for 2 years or died at work.
- If you are a child under 21 and an EU family member is granted settled status.
How To Apply For Settled Status
The UK Settled Status requirements include two main areas. These are being able to prove your identity, and providing evidence of your residence in the UK.
Proof of identity
you need a valid passport or valid national identity card. You also need to provide a digital photo of your face. Your documents can be submitted as part of your application online via an app, or sent in the post.
Proof of Continuous Residence
To qualify for Settled Status, you usually need to have lived in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period, for 5 years in a row. You need to provide proof of this when you apply. In most cases, providing your National Insurance number will allow for these checks to be made without the need for further documentation. You may be required to submit further evidence. This could include payslips from work, a council tax bill or evidence of your employer pension contributions.
Applications can be made online via the government website. Individuals will also be able to apply for Settled Status for children and other dependents through this service.
“My UK Settlement wouldn’t have been possible without Westkin Associates. My case was a tough one with very slight chances, I was worried that I would not be back in the UK with my wife anytime soon. I am glad I chose Westkin to handle my case. They were very professional, responsive and took every detail seriously. I was informed of every step, and was contacted for every minor detail they wanted to know. My solicitor made sure there was no room for any objection. I will surely use their services again for the extension process. I recommend everyone to get their cases handled through Westkin Associates.” – Yasir Mehmood
How Much Does UK Settled Status Cost?
The Home Office fee for UK Settled Status applications has been waived and is now free for all applicants. Our professional charges for handling your case can vary. Please get in touch with a member of the team to discuss your case. Your initial call with us is cost free and commitment free.
What Is The UK Settled Status Processing Time?
The Home Office aims to process Settled Status applications within 5 working days, but can take up to 1 month. In some cases, the process can take longer than a month if more information is required from you.
What If I cannot Apply For Settled Status Now?
If you do not currently qualify for Settled Status, there is no need to be concerned. the UK Government has committed to introducing the programme for the current 3 groups who cannot apply:
1) Family members of Brit Citizens who are claiming EU rights (Surinder Singh or Lounes Cases)
2) Nationals of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
3) A person who is exempt from immigration control, for example foreign diplomats, consular staff and members of certain international organizations.
Settled Status FAQ
How to check for settled status
You can check whether you’re eligible for UK Settled Status on the UK Government website, or check if you meet the criteria outlined above on this page. If you have questions on whether you qualify, please do get in touch with our team.
How to apply for settled status for my child
All children must have their own application for Settlement Status. You can apply on their behalf, or they can make the application themselves. When you apply, you can ‘link’ your child’s application to your own. This means that if your application is successful, your child will get the same result.
How criminal convictions affect settled status for EU citizens
In the majority of cases, a previous criminal conviction should not be a barrier for pre-settled status or settled status in the UK. However, you may receive a refusal based on other grounds, and it is best to look for legal assistance before submitting your application.
Can I vote if I have settled status?
You must have British Citizenship to vote in UK elections. Individuals with pre-settled status or settled status are not currently eligible to vote.
What documents are needed for settled status?
To apply for UK Settled Status, applicants will need an identity document such as a passport or national identity card, a digital photo of themselves, a National Insurance number or proof of how long you’ve lived in the UK, a mobile phone number, an email address and proof of your relationship if you’re applying for a child or another family member.
Do I need settled status if I have permanent residency?
If you are currently living in the UK with a permanent residence card, you will still need to apply for settled status if you want to remain in the UK beyond 30th June 2021.
Do Irish citizens have to apply for settled status?
If you are an Irish citizen and you want to continue living in the UK, you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Your rights to live, work and access public services in the UK are protected under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
How to apply for a British passport with settled status
If you have lived in the UK for 12 months after receiving Settled Status, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship and gain your UK passport.
Can I lose Settled Status?
If you are outside of the UK for over 5 years, you risk losing your Settled Status. If you can keep your absence from the UK below 5 continuous years, you will be able to keep your Settled Status.
How long to wait for a settled status decision
The Home Office aims to process Settled Status applications within 5 working days, but can take up to 1 month.