Time is running out for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) with the 30 June deadline fast approaching. The scheme aims to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK but concerns are being raised that some people don’t know they need to apply or what the implications are if they miss the deadline. As well as EU, EEA and Swiss nationals anyone living who has an EEA family permit or permanent resident’s card also needs to apply.
Even people born in the UK to a British father and a mother from the EU need to apply if they haven’t already been granted British citizenship and their parents weren’t married at the time of their birth.
Concerns have also been raised about the lack of clarity for those still waiting for the outcome of their application and whether they could be committing a criminal offence if they continue working after the 30 June.
With over 1,200 applications from Newcastle still waiting to be processed and no way of knowing how many people are still to apply the Leader of the Council, Councillor Nick Forbes has written to the Home Secretary to raise concerns about the impact of the impending deadline on some of the most marginalised and vulnerable EU citizens in our city.
Councillor Forbes said “I have called on the government to extend the deadline for applying to the EUSS and the funding for organisations to support applicants to March 2022 and for clearer guidance for businesses, employers and other bodies so that they can understand the rights of people with settled or pre-settled status so that no citizen is wrongly discriminated against.
“I would ask the government to recognise that not extending the deadline could leave businesses without valuable employees, councils and other public bodies picking up the pieces as the number of people without recourse to public funding increases and devastating consequences for those EU citizens who have built a life in the UK and who want to continue to live in a country they have grown to love.”