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.
The Scottish Government has published a Framework for decision making regarding and a Routemap for lifting the lockdown restrictions.
Please remember about your mental health during the self-isolation time. Learn how to manage your anxiety from the Very Well Mind website.
If you need support or would like to provide support for people in need, look for your local volunteering group here.
On this Government website, you can also learn how to get support during the coronavirus lockdown if you’re a migrant living in the UK.
The Scottish Government has published a Covid-19 Routemap explaining different phases of easing the restrictions and detailed recommendations for each of the phases.
You can read the full document here.
The newest statement from the Home Office about the impact of Coronavirus on EU Settlement Scheme services:
- The Settlement Resolution Centre is now fully reopened for both phone and email queries.
- The postal route for submitting identity evidence is also reopened.
- The ID document scanner locations are still suspended at this time following the latest public health guidance to protect staff but are due to reopen soon as well.
- 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.
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.
The Home Office is regularly publishing the statistics of EU Settlement Scheme applications.
You can see the latest statistics here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics
Guidance for employers and “Unsettled Status 2020”
The Home Office has published new guidance on recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021. Employers will need to have a sponsor licence to hire most workers from outside the UK.
There is also a new report from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford added to our Readings page. “Unsettled Status 2020”, which updates previous analysis undertaken in 2018, identifies the groups who may be at risk of falling through the cracks and provides data on their likely numbers.
Citizens Rights Project on the SCVO website
Our Project Coordinator, Noelia Martinez gave a short interview about Citizens Rights Project for the SCVO website. You can read the interview here: https://scvo.org/citizens-rights-project/
New resource for non-EEA family members fro the European Commission
We added a new leaflet from the European Commission on things ‘you need to know as a non-EU citizen living in the UK if you have, or had, a family connection to an EU citizen’. This useful resource can be found here.
A closer look at EU Settlement Scheme statistics for Scotland
In the new post on our blog, we are taking a closer look at the latest EUSS statistics published by the Home Office focusing on the ‘top 10’ nationalities and Scottish local authorities based on the number of submitted applications.