EU residents living in Brighton & Hove are being encouraged to stay in the country by applying for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The most recent figures show that 5,220 EU citizens applied in the three months between October 1st and December 31st, 2019.
Now the UK has left the EU, all EU citizens must apply to the EUSS if they want to continue living in the UK beyond June 2021.
Brighton & Hove’s diverse population includes people from over 150 different countries including an estimated 19,000 from the EU. The new rules have made it easier for non-EU migrants to get a working VISA in the UK but mark a significant tightening for EU nationals.
However, the scheme will not affect Irish citizens, who will continue to have access to the UK under the Common Travel Area.
Commenting on the figures is Brighton & Hove’s City Council Brexit Working Group member, Daniel Yates. He said: “I’m pleased to see that a significant number of our EU residents have already applied to the scheme but there are still many more who haven’t. Our EU citizens are valued members of our city’s vibrant make-up and a key part of our workforce, in our schools, hospitals, public sector services and hospitality industry.”
Daniel continued: “Our message is clear. We want you to stay in Brighton & Hove and there is support available if you need it.
“The Council’s Registrar Team is continuing to provide a free identity-checking service at Brighton Town Hall and there’s also help available at Jubilee library if you don’t feel confident applying online or don’t want to send your documents by post.”
How to Apply
The application process is free and has been designed to be as straightforward as possible for EU citizens and their family members to continue living in the UK after the 30 June 2021 deadline.
The application has three steps; proof of identity, proof of UK residency and a declaration of any criminal convictions.
If you or anyone you know need help with an application, please contact the Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379. Alternatively, you can ask a question via email via the government website here.