Are you a foreign national from an EU country? Or are you a business employing EU citizens?
Whatever happens after 31st October – and who knows what that may be – EU, EEA ( Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Swiss citizens must now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK.
The deadline for applying will be 30th June 2021 if we leave with a deal, or 31st December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
To support EU citizens in east Suffolk through the process, East Suffolk Council has been registered as a Home Office Biometric Centre allowing them to assist residents with the online application process.
The Council is also offering support to local businesses by taking the digital checking service on-site. This is especially useful for big companies who may have a high percentage of EU staff who will benefit from the service. If you have a business and want to get help, please email email@example.com
The first step if you are an EU resident is that you must have a referral from the Home Office, but once you have that East Suffolk Council can help residents complete the online application form as well as confirm and submit the supporting documents.
To start the process and apply for a referral to the Home Office go on line to https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
The Council can also assist in the digital part of the application process, meaning that residents can complete the process online, but do the digital checking service via the Council.
This service does not require a referral. Please contact Customer Services on 0333 016 2000 and ask for immigration services for more information.
Nick Khan, Strategic Director at East Suffolk Council, said: “We know that there has been a lot of uncertainty since the referendum, not least for EU citizens who now have to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after we leave.
“We value all our residents which is why East Suffolk Council wants to assist EU citizens the best we can with the process of applying for the new Scheme.”