This week the Home Office announced the millionth person was granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). This milestone was announced alongside the latest application statistics for July. Despite this milestone there is still a way to go before all of the 3.6 million EU nationals living in the UK are registered under the scheme (House of Commons Library Briefing paper number CBP06077, 3 June 2019).
At Europe Direct East Midlands (North) we are concerned that the early applications are those most able to apply and therefore we are encouraging everyone to get the message out to EU nationals and encourage them to seek help. During July and August we have seen an increase in people approaching us for help with the EU Settlement Scheme, we are encouraged that the message is getting out locally. However, a number of EU nationals approaching our partner agency, Citizens Advice in Broxtowe, for help on unrelated matters have not yet registered. A spokesperson for Citizens Advice Broxtowe, Sally Bestwick explained; “when EU citizens approach us for help with things like benefit claims, employment problems, or even consumer enquiries we are checking that they have registered with the EUSS. Many have not.”
Registration is important as it does not only secure the right to reside in the UK after departure from the EU it will also be essential to ensure entitlement to public services and support.
The Home Office state that whether or not the UK and EU reach a deal before 31 October 2019, European Union (EU) citizens, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply. The Home office are encouraging friends and family to help them and their non-EU family members apply to the scheme today.
However for those who need help to apply and do not have someone who can assist there are a number of support services available. In Beeston, Nottingham we have the the Europe Direct Walk-in Centre.
Nottingham Law Centre also provide support locally.
There are a number of support services listed by the Home Office.
- EU Settlement Scheme guidance pages
- ID document scanner locations
- Sign up to receive email updates from the Home Office
Individuals that have made an application, or are attempting to do so, can get help and support by contacting the Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379. If you are calling from outside the UK, you can call on 0044 (0) 203 080 0010.
Alternatively, we can be contacted in writing by clicking here