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Mission statement

The group’s main objective is to facilitate the acquisition of settled and pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, EEA residence documentation and British citizenship for nationals of EEA countries and their family members. Our purpose is support members with the application process for:

  • Settled Status and pre-Settled Status
  • Permanent Residence Certification
  • Residence Cards for EEA family members
  • Children’s registration
  • Adult naturalisation

The UKCEN Team believes that residence rights can be better guaranteed with appropriate residence status. PR and ILR (including settled status) are both pathways towards citizenship and can guarantee EU citizens their access to services and benefits the UK in the same way British citizens can access them.

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We also aim to raise awareness of the need to apply for the new status and intend to provide practical help and support with the application system.

The group was also involved in various initiatives aimed at putting pressure on the UK Government to take a ‘soft approach’ and allow EU citizens in the UK to obtain settlement in the UK (whether referred to as PR, ILR or “settled status”) without the need for CSI, recognising that carers are workers and allowing those with less of 5 years’ exercising treaty rights to continue their journey towards settlement. With the settlement scheme now live and nearly a million applications already submitted, this issue has now become academic.

There are a growing number of qualified immigration lawyers on board who regularly contribute to the group in various ways, such as answering queries from members, reviewing the group FAQs and putting together briefing documents. They include OISC authorised lawyers as well as solicitors and barristers.

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Latest updates

Welcome to our new home!

Dear members and supporters, Since UKCEN was formed in 2017, we’ve helped over 20,000 people to apply for settled and... read more

We are expanding!

UKCEN is a volunteer-run project supported by JCWI. The project aims to support European nationals in the UK to... read more

January 2019 Newsletter

Private beta phase 2 of the EU Settlement Scheme The HO has published its findings from the Private beta phase 2... read more

December 2018 Newsletter

Christmas is here and there’s good news all round. Citizens of EFTA countries and Switzerland are now included in... read more

Video showing the application process

This is a useful video giving you an idea of what the settled status application looks like under the... read more

Policy Paper on citizens rights in the event of no deal

Last year, the government published its Policy Paper outlining the UK Government’s action to protect citizens’ rights in the... read more

Family members

In line with the CJEU judgment in Lounes, dual British-EU nationals are regarded as EU nationals if they are continuously... read more

Children, including grown up children

Under 21s will be eligible for settled status once their parent has settled status, even if: they have lived in... read more