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.
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
Visiting our office
Our office in St Margaret’s House is currently closed to the public. Please, only visit if you have an appointment.
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.
EU citizens rights factsheets and new EU Settlement Scheme statistics
A series of very useful factsheets created by Just Rights Scotland, explaining rights to work, study, vote, public healthcare, housing, and access to public funds have been added to our website in Your Rights section.
The Home Office has also released the latest figures on EU Settlement Scheme applications and they appear to be the last monthly statistics in this form as the Home Office aims to “simplify” future monthly data bulletins to “allow for the timelier release of high-level figures” but “more detailed statistics” would still be made available every quarter.
Covid-19 Routemap and EU Settlement Scheme statistics
The Scottish Government published today a document with the Covid-19 Routemap explaining different phases of easing the restrictions.
The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics were also published today by the Home Office. Only 67 300 applications have been received in April 2020 (3 900 in Scotland). It is the lowest number since the introduction of the Scheme in March 2019.
More Online Information Sessions in different languages
From mid-May we are launching more Online Information Sessions delivered by our trained volunteers in multiple European languages. Four new sessions has been confirmed so far: Polish on 13.05, Romanian on 19.05, Greek on 26.05 and Spanish on 02.06.
More information about our events can be found on our events page.
On-line briefings on EU citizens’ rights from 29 April until mid-May
Citizens’ Rights Project have organised a series of free on-line seminars on EU citizens’ rights. The webinars will focus mainly on the ‘Settled Status’ scheme under which EU citizens currently in the UK can get a permanent right to stay in the country. The series of five webinars will run from 29 April until mid-May, and will feature a range of legal and other experts. Each webinar will run for an hour, with time for Q & A.
The first seminar, at 1600 on 29 April will look at the overall picture of “EU citizens’ rights in the UK under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement”. The speaker will be advocate, Mark Lazarowicz, who has represented EU citizens in a number of cases involving citizens’ rights. You can book your space here.
Visit our events page to check the dates and speakers of the next on-line seminars.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.