Immigration (Right to Work)
Important Message about COVID-19 from the Home Office - EU Settlement Scheme Applications: (updated 15/5/20)
The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well. While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. In addition, in line with the latest Public Health England advice some of our support services and application routes have temporarily changed. Please find an outline of these changes below. This situation is being kept under constant review and we will continue to keep you updated.
Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC)
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic a wide range of support has remained available for those who need help applying or have questions about the scheme. We are pleased to confirm the Settlement Resolution Centre telephone service has now resumed. Both the general helpline and dedicated line for support organisations have now re-opened ID document scanner locations.
The ID document scanner locations are following all the latest Public Health England advice to protect staff and the decision has been made, to suspend them at this time.
Postal route for submitting Identity evidence
The postal route for submitting identity evidence is currently suspended. We are unable to accept any documents by post at this time, but all documents already sent to us will be returned as quickly as possible. Applications can still be made online using the "EU Exit ID Document check app".
57 grant funded voluntary and community sector organisations
Some services have been suspended but organisations are seeking to provide support in other ways, in line with social distancing guidance, for example via telephone and online. Please check with the individual organisations for further details.
Further information and additional rule changes
There are still 13 months before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, and there is plenty of support available online to support those looking to apply.
Additional support is available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the phone.
The support services outlined above will be kept under regular review. We, the Home Office, and all our delivery partners involved in supporting applicants will endeavour to reinstate these support services to their original status when it is safe to do so.
A recent rule change will widen access to the scheme to victims of domestic violence or abuse. If a family member’s relationship with an EEA citizen breaks down permanently as a result of domestic violence or abuse, this, coupled with their own continuous residence in the UK, will be recognised as part of their application.
This is consistent with the Government’s wider commitment to tackling domestic violence and abuse as well as protecting and supporting victims of it.
The rule changes also mean that a family member applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) or for an EUSS family permit may also be required to provide a certified English translation of (or a Multilingual Standard Form to accompany) a document as evidence of the relevant family relationship.
In addition, the rule changes mean that family members of British or dual British-Irish citizens who are people of Northern Ireland will be able to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme
Thank you again for your continued interest in the EU Settlement Scheme programme, for the latest information on the scheme please visit GOV.UK.
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It is now very likely that the UK will leave the European Union, on the terms of the draft withdrawal agreement (or very similar), to take effect by 31st January 2020. In the event of Brexit with a 'deal' the previously proposed European Temporary Leave to Remain status will not be introduced.
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