Would you like a free EUSS information session for your community?

At the moment there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Brexit across the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland.

The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31st, but there are questions about what this will mean for those EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and family members who are already resident in the UK but have not yet applied to the Settlement Scheme.

The Settlement Scheme protects the rights of people to continue to live, work and study in the UK after the UK’s departure from the EU. Advice NI, the Migrant Centre NI and other partners offer free advice to anyone applying for the scheme. These organisations are also able to provide free information sessions across Northern Ireland. Qualified advisers can guide people on the forms of data and proof of identity required, as well as advising on the online application to the scheme itself.

There is no charge to apply for the EUSS. Applicants must provide proof of identity, residence and any criminal record they might have. Once the application has been made, an award of either pre-settled or settled status will be made by the Home Office.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then new entrants to the UK from the EU, EEA and Switzerland could lose their right to free movement in some form. All of those groups will be eligible to apply for the Settlement Scheme if resident in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Therefore it is vital that they have access to free and up-to-date advice on how to make an application to the scheme.

As well as offering advice over the phone and online to anyone in Northern Ireland who needs to apply for the EUSS, Advice NI and partner organisations also offer free information sessions to any group of 10 or more across Northern Ireland. Multi-lingual sessions are also available.
For free advice on the Settlement Scheme contact Advice NI on Freephone 0800 138 6545, text EUSS to 66644 or email euss@adviceni.net.
The Home Office recently announced that one million eligible people had applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and been granted either settled or pre-settled status. Advice NI, in partnership with local advice organisations, is proud to have contributed to the positive uptake. Nonetheless, the 1 million figure only represents approximately 30% of the estimated 3.35 million people with non-Irish EU, EEA, or Swiss nationality living in the UK, which demonstrates there are a significant number of people still to reach.
For any information on the EU Settlement Scheme just contact Advice NI on 0800 138 6545 or visit www.adviceni.net.