The Home Office intends to launch the Scheme before the end of this year. It will enable EU citizens resident in Northern Ireland and their family members to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living here permanently, following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
The key criteria for applying for ‘settled status’ are that:
- You need to be an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen.
- You need to be a resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
- You must not be a serious or persistent criminal or a threat to national security.
If you meet the criteria above and have been a resident in the UK for more than 5 years you will be eligible for settled status. If you have been a resident for less than five years you are eligible for pre-settled status.
Further information on the Scheme can be found on the Home Office website via the following link – Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent
EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding launch
The Home Office has announced the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are supported to obtain a status is a critical objective in the delivery of the EUSS and the grant funding. The Home Office will set out to create a network of funded organisations to ensure that a range of services are mobilised across the UK, so that support and assistance to apply for the EUSS is available to meet those who require the most support.
Extensive engagement with VCS organisations has also helped to shape the development of the grant funding. Following insight gained during the market engagement, there will be two levels of award:
- Level one – to fund grant projects from £5,000 up to £39,999; and
- Level two – to fund grant projects from £40,000 up to £750,000.
Organisations are invited to submit proposals as to how they can support the diversity of needs of a diverse EU citizen population to make their EUSS applications. The application period for bids will close at 12pm on 1 February 2019.
For more information, and to take part in the grant funding opportunity, please follow this link - EU Settlement Scheme Grant Information.
For all other questions, please email EUSSgrants@homeoffice.gov.uk.
The Home Office has published an Employers’ Toolkit to increase awareness about the EU Settlement Scheme amongst employers. The toolkit will help equip employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and it contains resources such as posters and leaflets.
The Toolkit is available via the following link: Employers' Toolkit.