Last month on 9th May we celebrated Europe Day, you may have seen the banner and bunting on Moseley Village Green. Moseley is the home of hundreds of EU/EEA & Swiss citizens, who enrich our community, and help make Birmingham the diverse and vibrant place we know and love.
But there is a deadline looming, which we all need to know about.
30th June 2021 is the cut off period for applying to the EU settlement scheme. Many thousands of EU citizens across Birmingham have successfully obtained Settled Status, but there are still people out there who are yet to apply. They could be elderly and lived here for many years, married to a UK citizen and not aware the scheme applies to them, students who arrived before the end of the transition period or children who even though born here are not automatically eligible for UK citizenship.
It is imperative that EU citizens and non EU/UK family members who came to live in the UK before 1st January 2021 apply to the Settlement Scheme to secure the right to remain here after 1st July. Failure to do so will leave people as undocumented migrants and could lead to loss of rights to work, study, rent or buy property and access free healthcare.
Izzy volunteers with the independent charity ‘Settled’ https://settled.org.uk/en/ to help EU/EEA & Swiss citizens and their families obtain settled status.
We are asking everyone to promote EUask5.
Ask 5 EU/EEA or Swiss citizens if they have applied to the settlement scheme. Then ask them and all your friends and neighbours to do the same.
If you need help to apply or more information on Settled Status or EU citizens rights post Brexit you can contact me through this website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07784 155208.
People with dual UK/other citizenship, Irish citizens and people with documented Indefinite Leave to Remain (eg a stamp or sticker in their passport ,letter from the Home Office, biometric residence permit), do not need to apply. However Irish citizens and those with Indefinite Leave to Remain can apply if they wish , and it is worth checking the Government website for why they might want to.
You can apply on line for Settled Status via the Government website
Birmingham City Council has published a list of local organisations that offer advice or help with applying.