DWP encourages Europeans to file EU Settlement Scheme claims despite the fact that the deadline has passed.
Most applicants must submit their EU SETTLEMENT Scheme (ESS) applications by June 30. Following the deadline, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) advised European individuals who missed the deadline but were still eligible to apply.
European citizens had until June 30 to apply for the ESS, which granted established or pre-settled status to EEA and Swiss citizens. Both of these statuses permitted European citizens to use some state benefits, pensions, and NHS services in the United Kingdom.
While the deadline for this plan has passed, there are a few scenarios in which eligible claimants can submit an application after the deadline.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) advised claimants to act even if they had missed the deadline.
“EEA and Swiss citizens, as well as their family members, can apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK,” it said.
“You must submit your application as soon as possible. By December 31, 2020, you must have begun living in the United Kingdom.”
A person can still apply for ESS beyond the original deadline provided they had “legitimate grounds” for missing it or certain extenuating circumstances, according to the government.
The June 30, 2021 deadline did not apply to some people, and this would be the case if the claimant was one of the following:
Those applying as family members of a British citizen who resided with them in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein must submit their applications by March 29, 2022.
People will also be able to apply for the plan beyond the June deadline if they are still qualified and can demonstrate “reasonable circumstances” for not applying by the deadline.
According to the DWP, there are “many diverse reasons” that might be used as justifications for missing the deadline.
It did say, however, that there is no such thing as a “full list” of reasons, and that claimants can still act and have their applications reviewed even if they don’t fit into specific categories.
Some justifiable grounds, according to the DWP, include:
The Home Office also declared on June 30 that it would accept numerous claims even after the deadline had passed, indicating some wiggle room.
As the Home Office explained, this was owing to unusual last-minute demand: “We are seeing exceptionally high quantities of applications to.”Brinkwire Summary News.”