The Home Office has published information for community groups following the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
Now that the deadline for the Scheme has passed, voluntary sector organisations may need to consider how they best advise any clients who do not hold status under the Scheme.
Over 6 million EU citizens applied to the scheme before the deadline of 30th June 2021, although it is expected that thousands more eligible people did not apply in time. Applications from Somerset are expected to top 30,000. The Scheme is part of broad changes to the immigration system, which now includes a point-based visa for anyone wanting to live or work in the UK after 30th December 2021.
Generally, anyone holding Settled or Pre-Settled status under the EUSS, or in most cases holding a Certificate of Application, will have retained their rights to live and work in the UK and use services. For those still resident who have not applied, the picture is more complex. Some may be able to make a late application. Anyone employing an EU Citizen will need to carry out right to work checks in a new way by asking the employee for their share code.
It is important to remember that anyone who has not made an application will not have rights to live and work in the country, or use some service including NHS secondary care.
Somerset charity, Diversity Voice, is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to deliver advice on the EU Settlement Scheme and can support voluntary sector organisations in Somerset to navigate the rules.
The new government information for community groups, which provides an overview of the current position, can be found here.