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Proving your right to work in the UK

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. 

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Applying to EUSS after the 30th June deadline

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. 

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Reģistrējies, lai balsotu Skotijas parlamenta vēlēšanās.

Reģistrējies, lai balsotu Skotijas parlamenta vēlēšanās.

2021. gada 6. maijā Skotijā notiks Skotijas parlamenta vēlēšanas. Balsot var arī citas Skotijā dzīvojošas ārvalsts pilsonis, kuram ir tiesības ieceļot vai uzturēties Apvienotajā Karalistē vai kuram šāda tiesība nav vajadzīga. Termiņš, līdz kuram jāreģistrējas balsošanai, ir 2021. gada 19. aprīlis. Reģistrācijas termiņš balsošanai pa pastu ir 2021. gada 6. aprīlis.

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EUSS quarterly statistics for December 2020

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.

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Citizens Rights Project launches appeal for hardship fund for EU citizens

Citizens Rights Project launches appeal for hardship fund for EU citizens

We have launched an appeal to raise funds to assist the most vulnerable clients with the costs of their travel, paying for new ID documents, or even taking a passport photo. There are only few hardship funds available in Scotland and our clients are often not eligible to apply for either of them and rely on private discretionary donations.

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Applying for settled and pre-settled status requires genuine residence

Applying for settled and pre-settled status requires genuine residence

I am aware, from discussions on the internet and questions at meetings, that some EU citizens have wondered whether they could travel to the UK before the end of 2020 and stay in the UK temporarily, perhaps for a very short period, with the idea of acquiring status under the Settlement Scheme as a type of ‘insurance policy’. The intention is not to live in the UK at that stage, but to be able to use that status to secure a right to reside in the UK at some future date if they wished or needed to do so.

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EU Settlement Scheme statistics for Scotland

EU Settlement Scheme statistics for Scotland

At the end of August, the Home Office has published new quarterly statistics of the EU Settlement Scheme. We had a closer look at these statistics wondering what nationalities have submitted the most EUSS applications in Scotland and which local authorities have the largest number of applications. Then, we looked at the top 10 of these local authorities and checked which nationalities submitted the most applications in each of them.

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