Citizens of EU countries living in the UK have only a few days left to act if they have not applied for Settled Status.
From July 1, anyone from an EU country apart from Ireland who is living in the UK and has not been given Settled Status or Pre-Settled Status, will lose the right to stay, work and obtain healthcare and other services in the UK…and that applies even if they have been living here for decades. And each member of a family must apply and prove their status separately.
Angus MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, is urging any constituent who is an EU citizen to ensure they have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before the deadline of June 30.
Irish citizens and people with indefinite leave to remain do not have to apply but all other EU citizens must apply to the scheme to continue living or working in Scotland. Both adults and children need to apply. Already, there have been cases where because the paperwork is deemed inadequate, a child from a family is not granted Settled Status when the other family members are.
Mr MacNeil said: “It is the Scottish Government’s view that EU citizens should not need to apply to protect the right they already have to live, work and study here but the UK Government has made it a requirement.
“The deadline is the end of this month and so I would urge any constituent who is an EU citizen who has not already done so, to apply.”
Scotland’s Europe Minister Jenny Gilruth has requested that the UK Government make a series of urgent changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) - including extending the 30 June deadline. More than 400,000 people are waiting for decisions from the UK Home Office and it is believed that several hundred thousand people have yet to apply.
Full details on how to apply can be found here: https://www.mygov.scot/help-eu-citizens