Urgent Appeal to EU Citizens who have not yet applied for Settled Status

Posted on: 4th December 2020

Cornwall Council is making an urgent appeal to EU Citizens who have not yet applied for Settled Status.

Cornwall Council is reminding EU nationals to apply for the government’s settlement scheme and to seek support if they need it. Those who are resident in the UK before the end of the UK transition period on December 31, 2020 are eligible to apply and they have until June 30, 2021 to do so. More than 10,700 people living in Cornwall have so far applied to the scheme.

Cornwall Council is promoting the scheme to EU citizens currently living in Cornwall to ensure they are fully informed. Cornwall Council Leader Julian German said: “Cornwall’s EU residents are our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours. They are part of our communities and we want them to stay.

“We’re trying to reach out to as many EU citizens living in Cornwall as possible to make sure that they know about the EU Settlement Scheme and what they need to do to submit their application on time.

“Cornwall Council has a crucial role in supporting our residents, including those who are vulnerable or hard-to-reach, and making sure that they have all of the information and support they need to allow them to complete their application and stay living here.”

Inclusion Cornwall can provide practical support to people who need help to complete their applications, including directing applicants to IT support or help for complex applications. The service has already supported 38 individuals with complex cases in completing their applications. Inclusion Cornwall manager Andrea Gilbert said: “It’s extremely important that this type of support is available to European citizens who need help to continue living and working here.

“We want to make sure that our most vulnerable residents receive help if and when they need it.

“Working with partners, we will do our best to make sure people are aware of decisions and arrangements that may affect them, as well as providing advice and support resources.”

If you, or someone you know, is having difficulties applying for settled status, please contact Inclusion Cornwall on 01872 326440 or by email at hello@inclusioncornwall.co.uk.

Further support is available from Citizens Advice Cornwall. Call 03333 440061 for free EUSS advice and support. Alternatively, email EUSS@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk or text ADVICE EUSS to 78866 and a member of the team will call you back.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme here.