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The government has laid a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules implementing the full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme from 30 March 2019. The scheme will apply regardless of whether there is a Brexit deal or not.
The scheme will allow EEA/Swiss citizens living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal) and their family members to apply for settled status once they have been continuously resident in the UK for five years. In the interim, they can apply for pre-settled status to cover the period until they have accumulated five years. Applications will need to be made by 30 June 2021 (or by 31 December 2020 if there is no deal).
The Statement of Changes confirms that: