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EU Settlement Scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme deadline has now passed but it is still possible to submit a late application. 

Where to find help to apply :

The Home Office has funded over 70 Grant Funded Organisations (GFO's) who are accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). 

link to these organisations can be found here: Get help applying to the EU Settlement Scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Should any EU/EEA citizen need to make an application they are strongly advised to contact one of these organisations to ask for help.

The Home Office has made it easier for paperbased applications to be made, although if possible, the online application route is preferable.  Applicants will receive a Certificate of Application (CoA) that can be shown to an employer or landlord as proof that an application has been made. No-one should be disadvantaged for applying late whilst they are waiting for the outcome.

 

 EU Settlement Scheme – Update Home Office Guidance: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) The UK government has introduced a new form of immigration status to enable eligible European Union citizens, European Economic Area citizens, or Swiss citizens currently living in the UK or resident in the UK before 31 Dec 2020, to stay in the UK after the end of the transitional withdrawal period. EEA citizens include nationals of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Applicants will either be awarded:

• Settled - for people with more than five years continuous qualifying residence (Home Office terminology)

• Pre-settled – for people with less than five years qualifying residence. With only a few exceptions, eligible individuals and their families (including any children in the family or other dependent relatives), will need to apply to this scheme if they want to continue to live in the UK legally and be eligible for public funding - this could include access to NHS/Health Care, housing benefits and education after 30 June 2021. EU/EEA Citizens who did not apply by the 30 June will be in the UK unlawfully from 1 July 2021.

Non-exhaustive list of reasonable grounds:

• Children (including children in care and care leavers)

• Physical or mental capacity and/or care or support needs

• Serious medical condition or significant medical treatment • Victim of modern slavery • Abusive or controlling relationship or situation

• Other compelling practical or compassionate reasons. Key points to note: Revised case worker guidance - EU Settlement Scheme caseworker guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk))

• Applicants need to demonstrate 'reasonable grounds' to submit a late application

• Home Office Grant Funded Organisations are only funded until 30 September – applications need to be submitted without delay

• There are changes to eligibility regarding No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) for EU/EEA citizens who do not apply

• DWP – those in receipt of benefits will face potential suspension at the end of October and termination by the end of November 2021 if they fail to apply

• Communications from the DWP will be sent to those in receipt of benefits from the end of August. Where to find help to apply The Home Office has funded over 70 Grant Funded Organisations (GFO's) who are accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). A link to these organisations can be found here: Get help applying to the EU Settlement Scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Should any EU/EEA citizen need to make an application they are strongly advised to contact one of these organisations to ask for help. The Home Office has made it easier for paperbased applications to be made, although if possible, the online application route is preferable. 10 © Lancashire County Council 2021 Applicants will receive a Certificate of Application (CoA) that can be shown to an employer or landlord as proof that an application has been made. No-one should be disadvantaged for applying late whilst they are waiting for the outcome.