City Council urges EU Settlement Scheme applicants to seek support before deadline

Published: Friday, 23rd April 2021

Oxford City Council urges residents who require assistance with their EU Settlement Scheme applications to access support services before the 30 June 2021 deadline.

Applicants who are European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens, or their family members, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021 to protect their rights whilst living in the UK.

If those residents do not apply by this deadline they could lose their existing rights to live, work, and access free healthcare in the UK.

Asylum Welcome, an Oxford-based charity, in collaboration with the City Council, provides an independent and confidential service offering free support and advice to those applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Their service, Europa Welcome, can help residents who need support with their application or are unable to make an application by themselves.

The Europa Welcome service includes confidential appointments, where users are provided with support to apply to the EUSS. This includes submitting documents to and communicating with the Home Office. The service is available via face-to-face appointments, remote video calls, telephone appointments and email.

The service acts as a support system for vulnerable and at-risk Europeans and their families who have built a life in Oxfordshire and may feel unsure about their rights in the UK.

If you would like to access support for yourself or your family, please visit Asylum Welcome’s website.

“I encourage any residents who need to support to contact Europa Welcome as soon as possible.

“It is incredibly important that eligible residents do not miss the 30 June deadline. We want to make sure that all Oxford residents are safeguarded and that their rights are protected.”

Nadeem Murtuja, Executive Director of Communities and Customer, Oxford City Council 

“With the EU Settlement Scheme deadline fast approaching it is especially important that residents let us know if they need support with their applications.

“Those who have not already applied to the scheme need to ensure that they don’t miss the application deadline on 30 June 2021.

“This includes EEA citizens who have lived in the UK for a long time and were still living here by 31 December 2020, their children, spouses of people who are EU citizens, as well as other close family members.”

Nazan Ozgur, Europa Welcome’s Service Coordinator