From July this year, EU nationals who haven’t completed their EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will face losing their rights to live and work in the UK.
There are approximately 30,000 vulnerable and isolated EU citizens living in Newham who are ‘at risk’ of not applying in time.
Who should apply:
Except in a few cases, you need to apply if:
- you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
- you’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but your family member is.
You need to apply even if you:
- were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
- have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
- are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply – including if they’re from Ireland
- are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member
Please note, if you have children, you still need to apply for them separately. Each child will need their own application.
Stay Settled in Newham
A consortium of Newham organisations and charities are behind a ‘Stay Settled in Newham’ campaign, encouraging those citizens who haven’t applied to do so and also to reach out should they need advice, support or guidance with their application.
The consortium includes:
- The Renewal Programme
- New Europeans
- One Newham
- East End Citizens Advice Bureau
- HEALTOGETHER CIC
- Roma Support Group
- Shpresa Programme
- Skills Enterprise
- Work Rights Centre
- Newham Council
EU citizens can get direct FREE advice from all of the above but are being encouraged to use the referral forms below.
Applications must be made on the Government website before 30th June 2021.
Please click here to complete the form to self-refer, or to refer somebody you are working on behalf of. Please note that if you would like to contact the EUSS Support Team direct, you can use the helpline or e-mail address below.
EUSS Multilingual Helpline: 0808 196 3510
EUSS Support E-mail: email@example.com
Work Rights Centre have put together a handy guide of FAQs to help provide further information around any topics relating to Brexit and EUSS. You can read the full list of questions here.
How do I apply?
The easiest way to apply is online, although you can also obtain a paper form if your application includes special circumstances (such as not having a valid passport or ID Card). To request a paper form, contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre.
The application will ask for information about your identity, residence in the UK, criminal record, and – if you are not an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen – your relationship to one. For the identity-checking section of the application, you can use the EU Exit: ID document check app, which is available on Android and iPhone and allows you to scan either a biometric passport or national identity card. A list of the documentation you can use to prove UK residence is detailed here. Check your email regularly – including your spam and junk folders – for any correspondence from the Home Office, including the outcome of your application.
What should I do if my ID has expired?
If your passport or national ID card has expired, try to renew it with the relevant national authority before applying to the scheme. Get in touch with your relevant national authority (embassy or consulate).
If you are unable to renew your ID on time, check with your national authority – you may find that your ID is still valid, even if it is expired. Certain countries have extended the validity of IDs, because of the Coronavirus pandemic. For information, go to page 46 of this document.
How do I prove I have EUSS?
The whole process happens online. Go to the government page to log in to your EUSS application. You will need your date of birth, and details of the ID document and phone number or email address you used when you made your application. You will be able to issue a share code with a limited 30 day validity. With this share code and your date of birth, an employer, landlord, or education provider will be able to check your right to live and work in the UK.