Wednesday 23 January 2019
The Committee for Home Affairs will introduce a EU Settlement Scheme from 30th March 2019 and will not be applying any registration fee.
More detailed information on how to register will be made available and accessible, closer to the time. The simple application process will be provided free of charge in line with the UK and will enable EU citizens, and their family members, resident in the Bailiwick of Guernsey at the point that the UK leaves the EU to have their immigration rights secured by applying for 'Settled Status' or 'further permission to remain'. The scheme will remain open for a sufficient period of time to ensure everyone has the opportunity to register.
The Population Management Law which operates in Guernsey, and any domestic laws controlling employment and residence in Alderney and Sark, will continue to apply as now.
Deputy Mary Lowe said that:
"I am pleased to announce that an EU Settlement Scheme will be introduced. The scheme follows a resolution by the States to seek to respect the rights of EU nationals resident on Brexit day, whatever the outcome of the exit negotiations. This will provide certainty for residents and businesses to help their planning as we continue to respond to the evolving situation, as the UK Parliament considers the UK's next steps and we move towards the date the UK expects to leave the EU."