Immigration: EU Nationals:Written question - HL13919

Asked on: 20 February 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of whether EU self-employed workers are experiencing particular difficulties in applying for settled status in the UK; and if so, what they are.
Answered on: 06 March 2019

The Home Office is putting in place measures to ensure that the EU Settlement Scheme is streamlined, user-friendly and accessible to all prospective applicants. Applicants will only need to complete three key steps - prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions. Where an applicant provides a National Insurance Number, we will conduct an automated check of residence based on tax and certain benefit records.

The checks with HMRC caters for those who are self-employed and where a self-assessment is submitted with a profit, this counts as a year’s residence.
However, the tax year for self-assessment is up to a year behind a person’s potential residence. For instance, the tax return for the financial year 2017/ 2018 is completed in January 2019. This means there will be no data to confirm residence for the current tax year but applicants can upload supplementary evidence to fill in any gaps in the data.

We will accept a range of documents as evidence and the documents can be submitted digitally through the online application form.

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