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EUSS Statistics for 30th September 2021
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EUSS Statistics for 30th September 2021

The deadline for EU Settlement Scheme applications has passed on 30th June 2021. Since the start of the Scheme in August 2018 (this includes initial pilot period, as the Scheme was widely opened to everyone in March 2019) until the end of the application period, there were over 6 million application submitted in the UK. This was significantly higher number from initially estimated 3 million (hence the name of the organisation the3million).

This was of course not the end of the Scheme, as there are provisions for late application for those with reasonable grounds to apply. We have covered that in our previous blog post. We have been reached by many people who missed the deadline and needed support with late applications, and we were looking forward to learned how this trend looks in figures.

In late November, the Home Office published more detailed, quarterly statistics and so we decided to have a closer look on the figures for Scotland and Scottish local authorities.

EUSS Statistics for 30th June 2021
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EUSS Statistics for 30th June 2021

The deadline for EU Settlement Scheme applications has passed on 30th June 2021. Since the start of the Scheme in August 2018 (this includes initial pilot period, as the Scheme was widely opened to everyone in March 2019) until the end of the application period, there were over 6 million application submitted in the UK. This was significantly higher number from initially estimated 3 million (hence the name of the organisation the3million). In late September, the Home Office published more detailed, quarterly statistics and so we decided to have a closer look on the figures for Scotland and Scottish local authorities.

Proving your right to work in the UK
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Proving your right to work in the UK

From 1st July 2021 UK employers face changes in right to work checks for EEA nationals. Until 30th June 2021, EEA nationals could prove their right to work by presenting a valid ID document but now, new employees must provide proof that they have been granted (or at least applied for) status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Without a valid confirmation of the right to work, employers cannot sign new staff. If they do, they can face a penalty up to £20,000 for employing undocumented workers. 

Applying to EUSS after the 30th June deadline
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Applying to EUSS after the 30th June deadline

Those who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme can still apply for settled or pre-settled status even after the deadline of 30th June 2021. Late applications, however, are discretionary. This means that applicants must explain and prove why they were unable to apply before the deadline. The Home Office caseworker will then assess if the applicant falls under one of the categories of reasonable grounds to make a late application, and decide whether to accept this application or not. 

EUSS quarterly statistics for December 2020
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EUSS quarterly statistics for December 2020

On 25 February 2021, The Home Office published the latest quarterly information on applications received and cases concluded to the EUSS for local authorities and regions from 28 August 2018 to 31 December 2020. We have decided to have a closer look at the figures for local authorities in Scotland and nationalities that submitted the most applications in each of those local authorities.

Register to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections
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Register to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections

On 6th May 2021 Scotland will hold the elections to the Scottish Parliament. Foreign national of another country living in Scotland who has leave to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need leave can also vote. The deadline to register to vote is 19 April 2021. The registration deadline for a postal vote is 6 April 2021.