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About the EUSS
Freedom of movement for EU Nationals in the UK ends on the 31st December 2020 ('Brexit').
In preparation for Brexit, the UK has created the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Before the UK leaves the EU, EU nationals living in the UK are required to apply to the EUSS in order to retain their current rights to access services, benefits, healthcare and live and work in the UK.
The scheme is free and will grant applicants either pre-settled status or settled status.
You can apply for the scheme even if you are currently abroad.
Why is it important?
Getting your status will prove your right to:
• stay in the UK for more than 3 months
• use the NHS
• claim the State Pension
• access benefits
• rent a home.
If you do not apply for and receive your status prior to the deadline, you may lose these rights.
It is worth applying to stay in the UK now.
The official deadline for applications currently is 30 June 2021 but after 31 December 2020 you might be asked to prove your right to do things like get a job or use the NHS.
Who should apply?
Nationals of the following countries who are living in the UK should apply:
• Nationals of the 27 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden),
• Nationals of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
• Nationals of Switzerland.
You should also apply
• if your family member (including your child) is an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen,
• if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who previously lived in the UK for at least five years and have been absent for no more than five years.
How we can help
Through our established and new community connections, we are working with the communities of South Gloucestershire to make sure eligible EU nationals apply to the EU settlement scheme before the Brexit deadline.
Our priority is your continued access to your rights in the future, so that your current residence is as minimally affected by Brexit as possible.
We do this by:
- raising awareness of the scheme throughout our network across South Gloucestershire.
- providing tailored support to individual cases, talking you through your concerns about Brexit and options to best protect your rights for the future.
- working through our network of community ambassadors, so that you can be supported in your preferred language via a community member.
If you are unsure whether the scheme applies to you or your family, would like more information, support or would like to be referred to an adviser for direct support with your application, please get in touch.
If you speak a second language and would like to support the European community in South Gloucestershire as a community ambassador, providing information and translation support about the EUSS, please get in touch.