From 1 July 2021 European nationals, and their family members (including children) who were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 but have not applied for Pre-Settled or Settled status will be here unlawfully. The Home Secretary, however, has confirmed that applications can be made after the deadline if there are 'reasonable grounds' why an application was not made on time.
Home Office guidance on what could constitute 'reasonable grounds' can be found (on pages 26 to 44) in a guidance document for their caseworkers who consider applications. The Home Office have also published information for late applicants, and Freemovement.org published a useful article in April on Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Anyone within the collegiate University who has not submitted an application for themselves or their family, including children, should contact contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in the Staff Immigration Team to discuss, and submit an application as soon as possible once you have evidence of your 'reasonable grounds' for missing the deadline.
We have updated our Brexit information pages on this and other issues, including the new more flexible guidance on absences from the UK due to Covid-19 which may not break your continuous residence when applying for Settled status.
Right to work changes
New employees/casuals who are European citizens will need to show that they have Pre-Settled or Settled status, Indefinite Leave to Remain, or a UK visa (instead of just their passport) to evidence they have the RTW in the UK before starting work. Showing just a passport will then only be acceptable for British and Irish nationals. Retrospective checks will not be required for EU/EEA citizens employed prior to 1 July 2021, but casuals starting a new engagement may need to meet the new RTW rules if they have been engaged before but have then had a significant gap since their last engagement. We have updated our Right to Work guidance and training to reflect these changes.