EU Citizens after 30 June 2021

Which EU citizens can live in the UK ?

After 30 June 2021 all EU citizens (adults and children) living in UK lost their right to
be in the country lawfully with the exception of :

  • Those who have settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Those who made an application to EUSS on or before 30 June 2021 (they should have a Certificate of Application to show this)
  • Those who have some other sort of status, e.g. Indefinite Leave to Remain, Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Those who are British citizens (even if they hold dual citizenship)

Other EU citizens may be visiting the UK as a tourist or with visas allowing them to stay for a set period or to join family members. These people do not have the same rights as those with settled status living in the UK.

People who do not have the right to live in the UK but who are living in this country do not have rights to most benefits, NHS treatment other than for emergencies (and some other exemptions), to be employed, to enter into a rental lease for property, to access further or higher education, or to have a UK bank account. They may be removed from the country by the British authorities.

How does an EU citizen get the right to live in the UK?

The government maintains that the deadline to apply under the EUSS was 30 June 2021, which has now passed. Almost everyone who has did not apply before this deadline is now unlawfully resident in the UK as explained above.

However, the Home Office have effectively extended the time limit for applications, allowing late applications until at least 28 July 2021. During this period from 30 June – 28 July 2021 applicants can apply as before, but must explain why their application is late. During this initial 28-day period following the 30 June 2021 any explanation for lateness can be minimal and requires little or no supporting evidence, and can still be expected to be processed as normal.

Beyond 28 July 2021 applicants will likely need to provide stronger explanations for their late application. The Home Office guidance provides a helpful non-exhaustive list of accepted reasons for lateness. Some of the common reasons will involve age, medical condition, capacity, vulnerability (e.g. victims of trafficking or domestic violence), and a useful catch-all of any other compelling reason e.g. waiting for anew ID/passport to be provided.

This allowance for late applications does not change the legal position and lack of rights now that the 30 June 2021 deadline has passed. At present no indication has been given about the government’s policy after 28 July 2021 and whether they will seek to remove EU citizens with no right to remain. Late applications to the scheme can be made after 28 July and there is, at present, no end date for these, but the government could begin enforcing much harsher measures against those who have yet to apply by 28 July 2021.

The process for applying under the EUSS remains much the same. Applicants can apply online using a valid national ID, passport, or BRP/BRC. Now, applicants with an expired passport or national ID can use the online application process. Those without a valid or expired ID document will need to use some alternative ID, such as a Birth Certificate, and apply via a paper application form.

Most applicants will still need to prove their residence in the UK before 1 January 2021, as a minimum. Applicants will also still need to prove “suitability”, which is effectively proving they should not be excluded from the EUSS based on serious criminal history.

There remain other, more complex, routes by which applicants can apply including non-EU national family members, victims of domestic violence, carers of British citizen children. Do check with a legal professional if you feel someone might be eligible under these routes.

How does someone prove their right to live in the UK?

People with settled or pre-settled status can prove this by obtaining a “share code” online and logging into the UK Immigration – ID check website (link below). They will need details from the same ID document they used when applying to EUSS and have access to same mobile number or email address used to make the initial application. Some EU citizens may have a Biometric Residence Permit or an entry in their passport to prove their status but the majority will need to access the online site. If people are looking to rent or to prove their right to work there are other online sites that can be used by a prospective landlord or employer.

This document is for guidance purposes only and reflects the situation at the date of writing. Readers should take specific advice or research their position before taking any action. Useful websites include :

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Digital Immigration Status-new guide

From 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme will need to evidence their rights in the UK with their digital immigration status, rather than their passport or ID card. For example, they may need to do this when applying for a job or when renting a property.

We (The Home Office) have published a new guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens on viewing and proving their immigration status (eVisa). The guide explains how people can view and prove their immigration status, update their details, what they should expect when crossing the UK border and how to get help accessing their immigration status.

It is important that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members keep their personal details up to date and inform the Home Office if their travel document changes, using the View and Prove service.

Please share the guide with your networks and signpost EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to it directly for more information.

Right to Remain-New look Toolkit

Right to Remain homepage

New look Toolkit – guide to the asylum and immigration system

Click below for full details:

New look Toolkit-our guide to the asylum and immigration system

Find the information you need for your situation using the contents bar on the left (within the link below).

There’s information about asylum cases, human rights cases, and immigration cases.

Your situation might fall into more than one of these categories.

The Right to Remain Toolkit-A guide to the UK immigration and asylum system

We learned a lot! We wrote quite a bit about in this blog post here.

Over 80% of Toolkit website users came via a google search. (You can see what else we learned from looking at our website stats here:

What we’ve learned about how the Right to Remain Toolkit is being used (part one).

We had a lot of thinking and processing to do from all of the learning described above. We started to make some draft changes to the Toolkit (see below), but before making anything public, we tested these ideas out with our primary users/target users: people currently navigating the asylum and immigration system.

We tested out different versions of titles for sections of the guide. We asked people if they preferred pages with or without “accordion boxes” (dropdown panels that expand to reveal more text when you click on them). We asked people about how they would navigate different topics to find the information they need. This is called “usability testing”, or “user testing”.

In a usability-testing session <Toolkit guide usability testing> , a researcher “asks a participant to perform tasks, usually using one or more specific user interfaces. While the participant completes each task, the researcher observes the participant’s behavior and listens for feedback.” We carried out these sessions using zoom, with some of the asylum support groups we work with sourcing participants. It was fortunate that this element of our project was very easy to conduct online, which wasn’t what we had planned pre-pandemic.

Appeals rights exhausted and Upper Tribunal possibility

What’s changed:

  • The different pages of the Toolkit website have been renamed so that they are clearer to people looking at google search results.
  • Some of the language has changed because we are no longer assuming that people see the guide as an overarching resource – each page and its information should stand alone.
  • Clearer language, clearer audience. We hope it’s speaking more directly to people who are navigating the process – and uses more of the words that people use themselves to describe this process – while still of course being of use to those supporting other people to go through the process.

For more detailed information about guide click below:

About this guide

  • We’ve separated out some pages that had previously been collected together because we thought that people would use the Toolkit website following a vaguely chronological pattern. We know now that that generally isn’t the case.
  • We’ve also made some pages more specific to asylum, or immigration. We now have separate pages for entering the UK, depending on whether you are looking for information about immigration, or asylum (a page called “Visas
  • Right to Remain Visas: apply for permission to enter or stay in the UK and a new page called “Entering the UK to claim asylum.

Entering the UK to claim Asylum

Find out about different aspects of the asylum and immigration process by watching our legal information videos below.

Legal information videos

The Google Toolbar means that people can get all of the Toolkit content auto-translated.

We wrote about this process for Refugee Action here:

Google toolbar to get Toolkit content  auto-translated

Right to Remain Email Campaign

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Social Media

Right to Remain Facebook Page

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EUSS Training and updates

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A range of EUSS information to support applicants is available on GOV.UK. This includes translated mainstream guidance , and translated EUSS factsheets .

Free support with complex cases

EU Delegation provides free legal support surgeries that can be booked online. The aim of providing one-to-one legal support to at least 10 vulnerable citizens per surgery. Local authorities can book the surgeries for children in care and care leavers so please share this information with your children’s services teams.

Free online workshops

A number of free information sessions and workshops covering different aspects of the EU Settlement Scheme are available in May and June, starting from next week. Please see below for dates and details how to book on. Please circulate it among your networks.

EU nationals with pre-settled status

Wed, 12th May 1:00-2:30pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Settlement Scheme and EU joining family members

Thu, 20th May 10-11:30am

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Citizens’ Rights – Care Homes Information sessions

Wed, 26th May 10:00am-12:00pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EU Settlement Scheme beyond the deadline

Wed, 26th May 1:00-2:30pm

Click here to register on Eventbrite

Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme

Thu, 10th June 10:00-11:30am

Click here to register on Eventbrite

EUSS NEW fact sheet translations

The government has added 26 translations of the factsheet which provides the key points of the EU Settlement Scheme on one side, and lists the support available on the reverse.

Available in български (Bulgarian), Česky (Czech), Cymraeg (Welsh), Dansk (Danish), Deutsche (German), Ελληνικά (Greek), Español (Spanish), Eesti (Estonian), Suomi (Finnish), Français (French), Gaeilge (Irish), Hrvatski (Croatian), Magyar (Hungarian), Íslensk (Icelandic), Italiano (Italian), Lietuvių (Lithuanian), Latviešu (Latvian), Malti (Maltese), Nederlands (Dutch), Norsk (Norwegian), Polski (Polish), Português (Portuguese), Română (Romanian), Slovenčina (Slovak), Slovenščina (Slovenian), Svensk (Swedish).

Getting settled before the storm!

For anyone yet to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), a storm is coming. The next six months will be critical in ensuring that anyone eligible to apply has done so. If you need to know more, you can sign up for a free training session provided by Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC), in partnership with the Council. One short training session will give you the information you need to shield Kirklees residents from the devastating consequences of failing to apply to the EUSS in time.

 
We are working with communities across Kirklees to ensure as many of those affected as possible can access the scheme, which has to be done online, and obtain the status they are fully entitled to. However, due to the pandemic we are finding it difficult to reach people who are perhaps the most in need – the retired, or the elderly, those who lack capacity or the ability to go online. In many cases, these are the ones who need the scheme the most and it is vital that they can continue to access the services and support they need, without interruption.
 
Not settled yet? All of us who have work colleagues, service users, family, friends or neighbours who came to live in the UK from the EU have a part to play. The scheme also includes people outside the EU who have a partner or spouse that is an EU citizen and their children – they too need to know about the scheme so they can apply in their own right for settled status to stay in the UK.
 
When is the deadline?

The deadline for applications to the EUSS is 30 June 2021, now less than six months away – it’s imperative we act now!

Who should apply?

EU citizens, along with those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should apply, along with their family members. 


Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme on the Government website.
 
For advice locally and for assistance in obtaining necessary documents and IT support, visit Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC).

If you want to attend a training session  please see dates EU Settlement Scheme Training – kirkleeswelcomes (welcometokirklees.blog), please contact David Bundy or Veronica Matheson on 01484 221000 for further information.

EUSS – Kirklees translated videos.

The Migration and Resettlement Team at Kirklees Council has worked with colleagues to produce videos regarding the EUSS application process and support available. Information is available in Polish, Romanian and Hungarian languages.

To access the script in English click here please

For Romanian video click here please

For Polish video click here please

For Hungarian video click here please

 “There is not long left to apply to the European Union Settlement Scheme, so we want to make sure you have you completed your application.”

“It is best to apply as soon as you can. Then you won’t have to worry about losing access to your rights as a resident here in the United Kingdom.”

“We know for some applicants the process may be more complicated, but don’t put it off. Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre are here to help you with your application and their services are free.”

“You are not alone. Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme today or get the support you need to start your application.”

“Call Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre on 0344 848 7970 or fill out the form on their website.” (kcalc.org.uk/contact-us/)

“KCALC will call you back with a translator if necessary, it may be easier to ask someone you know to call them for you and arrange this for you. Or you can fill the online form out in your preferred language. But don’t go into their office as appointments must be made over the phone.”

“If you have decided to call Kirklees home, we want to make sure can you continue to live and work here.”

“Search EU Settlement Scheme and apply today”. (Search EU Settlement Scheme)

NEW EUSS workshops

Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus law firm are offering more free online workshops covering various aspects of EU Settlement Scheme.

Please see below a list of available workshops:

New EUSS Workshops – Feb-March 2021

I am pleased to confirm that free EUSS workshops are continuing throughout February and March, starting from 24th Feb. There is a new workshop on EU joining family members, as this is a new group of EU nationals arriving to the UK from 1 January 2021. Please see below a list of all workshops with dates and times, and links to the Eventbrite registration.

If there are any other topics you would like workshops to cover please let me know and I’ll explore the possibility of having them added from April.

  • EU nationals with pre-settled status

Wed, 24th February 10:00-11:30am

Thurs, 11th March 10:00-11:30am

  • EU Settlement Scheme in the ‘Grace period’

Wed, 3rd March 10:00-11:30am

Thurs, 18th March 10:00-11:30am

  • EU Settlement Scheme and EU joining family members

Wed, 24th March 10:00-11:30am

  • Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme

Wed, 31st March 10:00-11:30am

www.migrantinfohub.org.uk  Covid 19 information for migrants and services in Yorkshire and Humber. Resources to share.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk  |  @migrationyorks

Migration Yorkshire is the Yorkshire and Humber regional migration partnership and is hosted by Leeds City Council. Migration Yorkshire works with national, regional and local partners to ensure that the region can deal with, and benefit from, migration.

  • EU nationals with pre-settled status – Wed, 18th November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 3rd December 1:00-2:30pm
  • EU Settlement Scheme in the ‘Grace period’ – Mon, 23rd November 10:00-11:30am and Thurs, 10th December 1:00-2:30pm
  • Progress of the EU Settlement Scheme – Thurs, 26th November 1:00-2:30pm

For more details and how to register for each workshop please read the file below

EU Settlement Scheme Training

Would you benefit from knowing more about the EU Settlement scheme (EUSS)? If you have service users, volunteers, friends, family or colleagues who need to apply for EUSS we can help you to help them with some free online training.

This is a joint work between Kirklees Council and Citizen Advice and Law Centre to deliver six sessions about EU Settlement Scheme.

The training will be delivered by Jamie McLean, and Teams platform will be used for the training.

Session outcomes

1)      How to recognise potential EUSS cases

2)      What to do when you have identified an EUSS case

3)      The requirements for an EUSS application / what needs to be in place at the outset

4)      The deadline – and what happens afterwards

5)      Status documents and the potential issues


Various dates available from:

Thursday 21 January 2021, 4pm ,

Thursday 11 February 2021, 4pm

Thursday 4 March 2021 4pm,

Thursday 25 March 2021, 4pm

Thursday 15 April 2021 4pm,

Thursday 6 May 2021, 4pm

click on the link below to book a place

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/european-union-settlement-scheme-training-by-citizen-advice-law-centre-tickets-134519000953



EUSS poster and flyer

Do you want to stay in the UK after June 2021?

To protect your right to live, work and study in the UK you must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before June 2021, if you are a European Union citizen.

Need help with your application? Contact the Kirklees Law Centre: Tel: 0344 848 7970 http:kcalc.org.uk/our-services/eu-settlement-scheme

Kirklees Council produced an A4 poster and A5 flyer to encourage EU citizen to apply for the settlement status.

A4 poster

A5 Flyer

Don’t wait too long – you may miss out – EUSS Press Release

Are you an EU citizen currently living in the UK ? Are you the partner, spouse, parent, child or close relative of an EU citizen living in the UK ? Have you applied for EU Settled Status ?

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre (KCALC) wants to warn people that time is running out to make these applications. The UK has left the EU but in the current transition period nothing has changed regarding the rights of EU citizens. Any EU citizen can currently come to the UK and live and work without restriction. That transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and after that date any EU citizen coming to the UK will only be able to visit for short periods unless they have obtained a visa. EU citizens living in the UK without a visa or settled status after that date will be here unlawfully and possibly subject to removal by the authorities.

All EU/EAA or Swiss citizens who have lived for any period of time in the UK by 31 December this year are eligible to apply for EU Settled Status. In addition, their children, long-term partners, spouses, parents, dependents and other close relatives will also be able to apply for status even if they are not EU citizens themselves. Irish citizens don’t need to apply to this scheme although they can if they want. You must apply for settled status even if you already have a Permanent Residence card because that will no longer be valid.

The application is relatively simple, free of charge and is done online. Depending on how long you have been in the UK you will be entitled to settled status or pre-settled status. Those with pre-settled status can later apply for settled status and those with settled status can later apply for British citizenship if they want. There are different rights depending on which status you have but both will allow you to continue to live in the UK. Once you have your status your close family members can then apply. You have until 30 June 2021 to apply but you will find that if you cannot prove your status after the end of 2020 that you may have problems in obtaining work, health care or housing.

Although the application is intended to be simple you may need some assistance. You will need a valid ID, Proof of residency in the UK and details of any criminal convictions. KCALC can offer free help to people who have particular difficulties in making an application or who don’t have the documents they need. See our website on www.kcalc.org.uk for details of the service we provide or call 0344 848 7970 for a referral to our specialist team.

Don’t leave it too late. Don’t miss your opportunity. Get advice now.

EU Citizens and Brexit: An Introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU Citizens and Brexit: An Introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme

Online workshop via WebEx

Tue, 14 July 2020

1pm – 3pm

This online workshop is aimed at LAs, charities, third sector organisations and faith and community groups who are already working with EU nationals and their families, or who are likely to come into contact with this group in the future. The purpose of the online workshop is to give frontline staff and volunteers a clear understanding of the process for EU citizens and their family members to apply to legalise their stay in the UK in preparation for Brexit. The workshop will include presentations and delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Following the workshop, delegates will have a greater understanding of:

  • What the EU Settlement Scheme is and what steps EU nationals must take to secure their status after Brexit.
  • The rights that this new immigration status will give to EU citizens and their family members.
  • What constitutes immigration advice and what support needs to be regulated.
  • Where to signpost EU nationals to enable them to obtain other sources of support and further information.

This workshop is organised by Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus.

To secure a place, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-citizens-and-brexit-an-introduction-to-the-eu-settlement-scheme-registration-112448466390

EU Citizens and Brexit: An Introduction to the EU Settlement Scheme

Online workshop via WebEx

Thu, 2 July 2020

1:30pm – 3:30pm

This online workshop is aimed at LAs, charities, third sector organisations and faith and community groups who are already working with EU nationals and their families, or who are likely to come into contact with this group in the future. The purpose of the online workshop is to give frontline staff and volunteers a clear understanding of the process for EU citizens and their family members to apply to legalise their stay in the UK in preparation for Brexit. The workshop will include presentations and delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Following the workshop, delegates will have a greater understanding of:

  • What the EU Settlement Scheme is and what steps EU nationals must take to secure their status after Brexit.
  • The rights that this new immigration status will give to EU citizens and their family members.
  • What constitutes immigration advice and what support needs to be regulated.
  • Where to signpost EU nationals to enable them to obtain other sources of support and further information.

This workshop is organised by Migration Yorkshire and Seraphus. To secure a place, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-citizens-and-brexit-an-introduction-to-the-eu-settlement-scheme-registration-110091637050

Additional training option for complex cases

For those involved in supporting more complex cases, there is further free training, covering a range of subjects listed below; to register visit https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/eu-londoners-hub/eu-settlement-scheme-adviser-training. I’m planning to attend all of the above so will share presentation/resources as I get them.

  • An Overview of Complex Cases
  • Working with the Elderly
  • Applicants with Criminal Records
  • Working with Homeless Citizens
  • Working with Children

Support EU Citizens in Kirklees

Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme must be submitted by 30th June 2021.

There is a lot of information including important videos can be found on Kirklees Council Website EU Settlement Scheme page

Also, you need to know that EU citizens could get free and friendly support from Kirklees Law Centre regarding this.

For other issues and to support and celebrate migration in Kirklees visit Kirklees Welcomes.