Residents reminded there is just one year left to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

Tuesday 30th June marked one year until the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU citizens’ are our friends, neighbours and work colleagues and we are keen to support them in any way we can. We want everyone to know York is their home and to take action to keep living and working in York.

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you’ll be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021 with either ‘settled status’ or ‘pre-settled’ status.

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Last week, the Home Office announced that there have been more than 3.6 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, with more than 3.3 million applications concluded.

EU residents can visit GOV.​UK for further information about applying to the EU Settlement Scheme: www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families. Information on the EU Settlement Scheme support in York is available at www.york.gov.uk/EUSettlementScheme

In 2019 the council sent a letter of support to all EU citizens living in the city offering them advice and how to get help with their application should they need it. The Council has also appointed a Community Involvement Officer with a focus on supporting EU residents in the city.

Up to March 2020, 5,380 applications had been concluded in York, of which 3,140 have been granted settled and 2,200 pre-settled status.

The York Register Office are currently unable to offer verification appointments but will look to open up this service again in due course.

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About the EU Settlement Scheme

If you are a citizen of a European Union country, a European Economic Area country (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) or Switzerland, you and your family can apply now for the Government’s settled or pre-settled status scheme.

Settled status or pre-settled status will ensure your continued right to stay in the United Kingdom after Brexit and will ensure you continue to have the same access to healthcare, benefits and pensions you currently have.

Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme are now open and the process needs to be completed online. All EU citizens currently living in York are strongly encouraged to apply for pre-settlement or settlement status via the www.gov.uk website. The current deadline for applying is 30 June 2021 (31 December 2020, should the UK leave without a deal).

Irish citizens need not apply as their status and rights are protected under existing laws. As well as this, some individual agreements have been reached with other European countries that are not part of the EU. All details and eligibility can be found at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.

Local support

  • Citizens Advice York will offer full help and support to applicants, including help in filling in the form and advice on issues which may arise during the application process. Call 03444 111 444 or visit the drop-in at West Offices (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm) for help and advice with your application.
  • Book an ‘assisted digital’ help session with ‘We Are Digital’ for support completing the EU Settlement Scheme online application, if you don’t have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form:
  • telephone: 03333 445675
  • text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416944
  • EU citizens who do not wish to send their documents by post or are not able to use the government’s ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app, can make an appointment at York Register Office to have their ID documents scanned and verified, before applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Call 01904 654477 to book an appointment.

Document scanning appointments are available:

  • Mondays, from 1pm to 4.30pm
  • Tuesdays, from 1pm to 4.30pm

Waiting times may vary and family groups are welcome to attend the same appointment.

More information is available at www.york.gov.uk/EUSettlementScheme.