The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was introduced to offer EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK before the end of the transition period the opportunity to protect their right to live in the UK after the transition period ended. The scheme also protected other rights including access to healthcare, benefits and pensions. Applications to the EUSS closed on 30 June 2021.
Irish nationals do not have to apply to the EUSS as they have alternative rights to residence but could apply if they wanted to. Family members of Irish citizens who are not Irish or British who don't have indefinite leave to remain in the UK do need to apply to the EUSS to continue living in the UK. Irish nationals and their families can get more advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
From 1 July 2021, anyone who did not apply to the EUSS no longer has a valid UK immigration status. This means you could be considered as unlawfully resident in the UK. You could lose your right to work, any benefits you receive could be stopped and you could even be deported or detained if your immigration status is not resolved.
If you are a landlord with a tenant who is struggling with an application they can get free advice in Newcastle you can contact the Riverside Community Health Project at EUSSadvice@riversidechp.co.uk or 0191 226 0754 for an appointment.
You can find out more about the EUSS here.