Basic information on the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme and links to useful Home Office information. The LGA has agreed to continue disseminating Home Office information as it becomes available.
What is EU Settled Status?
EU Settled Status is the new indefinite leave to remain status which will protect the rights of non-UK EU citizens when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.
For more information on the new status, how to make an application, case-studies and to sign-up for updates from the Home Office, please visit eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk
What do councils need to know?
On 21 June 2018 the Home Office launched a Statement of Intent around EU Settled Status with further details on the Scheme. The document covers a range of technical topics, outlining who will be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, what requirements applicants must meet, how to submit an application and how the process of obtaining status will work practically. The statement clarified some issues for councils, like the waiving of the £32.50 fee for children in care, which has now been agreed.
On 20 July 2018 the Home Office announced that NHS workers, university staff and students in the North West of England will be taking part in a private pilot of the new application process for the EU Settlement Scheme.
What is the LGA doing around the EU Settlement Scheme?
We continue to highlight the need for the Home Office to consider carefully how to reach vulnerable groups, for example:
- Individuals lacking digital confidence
- Individuals with substantial language barriers
- Non-working carers
- Individuals from Traveller communities
- Victims of domestic violence
- Victims of trafficking
- Rough sleepers and those with a history of homelessness
Councils directly or indirectly employ a high proportion of non-UK EU citizens and will need to consider the scheme both as employers and as leaders of place, for example as corporate parents for children in care.
The LGA continues to work as part of the wider steering group on the Scheme, ensuring that the voice of local government is heard. To share your local perspective please email email@example.com
What can you do as an employer?
On 25 July 2018 the Home Office launched its EU Settlement Scheme Employers toolkit. Resources include an introduction to the toolkit, a briefing pack on the Scheme, three leaflets and a selection of posters.