The UK Government’s guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK.
For your own safety please check the latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government and if you have coronavirus symptoms please go to this NHS page.
Coronavirus (Covid19) Guidance from Doctors of the World. (More languages available here: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/)
Please remember about your mental health during the self-isolation time. Learn how to manage your anxiety from Verywellmind website.
If you need support or would like to provide support for people in need, look for your local volunteering group here.
The newest statement from the Home Office about the impact of Coronavirus on EU Settlement Scheme services:
- The Settlement Resolution Centre will continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required, but will no longer be answering inbound telephone calls.
- The postal route for submitting identity evidence is currently suspended. All documents already posted will be processed and returned as quickly as possible.
- The ID document scanner locations are also suspended at this time following the latest public health guidance to protect staff.
- Individuals can still use the “EU Exit ID Document check app” to complete the identity stage of their application.
You can download our comprehensive guide to the EU Settlement Scheme here (a new update will be available soon).
If you do not have access to an Android phone, but you have biometric chip in your documents, you can scan them in a number of locations in Scotland. Full list on the gov.uk website here.
If the automated checks of residence for the Settled Status do not work in you case, you can provide scanned copies of some accepted documents. You can find the full list on the gov.uk website here.
Use this link to find an adviser close to your location who can help you with your EUSS application FREE of charge. Introduce your location or postcode, select ‘Type of advice L1 Initial Case’ and ‘Not Fee Charging’ and look in the list for organisations with ‘Advice: Level of advice 1 | Immigration advice limited to the EU Settlement Scheme’.
The EU Citizens’ Rights website has a very comprehensive database of immigration advisers, mental health service providers, support for the vulnerable, citizens’ & community advice, EU/EEA/Swiss embassies and consulates, law centres, assisted digital services and passport/ID locations. Find the ones near you using your post code.
Online information sessions in April
In response to the need of information during the coronavirus lockdown we have decided to launch online information sessions on EU Settlement Scheme. Sessions will be streamed live on our Facebook page every Tuesday in April at 17:30.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak
Due to a global pandemic of Coronavirus we have decided to postpone all our events until further notice. All CRP staff are working from home to make sure that EU citizens have access to the essencial information about their rights. We strognly advise to everyone to stay at home when it’s possible to reduce the spread of the virus.
We recommend visiting the NHS Scotland website for guidance: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. We have also gathered some useful links in the section Popular resources on the main page.
Please stay safe and we hope to see you soon on our next event once the coronavirus threat is gone!
Outreach events in February
Do you need support or know someone who needs help with the EU Settlement Scheme? Join one of our next events in Oban, Galashiels, Elgin or Clydebank on 8, 10, 15 and 17 of February, respectively. More information about each session here.
Become a Settled Angel
We are still looking for volunteers for our Settled Scotland project to help us reaching vulnerable EU and EEA nationals across Scotland and, if needed, provide assistance with the settled or pre-settled status application process. Successful applicants will receive relevant training on the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as the information and resources available, with the aim of becoming registered under the OISC Level 1 (limited to the EUSS) Preferred profiles are community leaders, caseworkers and/or local organisers with experience in social work or similar (i.e: citizens’s rights, community development, cultural integration and diversity, migrant issues, vulnerable individuals and communities, etc) If you wish to apply, fill in this application form and send it to email@example.com.
Additional funding to support EU citizens and their advisers
The Scottish Government has funded Citizens Rights Project with £50,000 to deliver further information events across Scotland for EU/EEA Citizens and their families, and third sector and local government workers, until March 2020. The new series of events will start this week with one outreach event in collaboration with Govan Housing Association in Glasgow and two briefing events for third sector workers in Edinburgh and Glasgow. For more information visit this link.
New report: ‘EU Settled Status: lessons from Scotland
The insights from this paper derive from the work undertaken by the Citizens Rights Project in Scotland between February 2018 and April 2019. You can read the report here.
New support for EU27 citizens in the Lothians
We are happy to announce that together with Feniks Counselling, Personal Development and Support Services Ltd. we received funds to support EU27 citizens in the Lothians in applying for “settled status.”
Support package from the Scottish Government
The Scottish Government published “a package of support” for EU citizens. You can find resources here. You can also find a letter of support from the First Minister translated into German, Polish, Spanish and French here.