Oxford City Council urges eligible residents who still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to do so before the deadline at the end of the month.
European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens – and their family members – who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 need to apply.
If eligible residents do not apply before the 30 June deadline, they could lose their right to live, work and access NHS healthcare in the UK.
Even those who have lived in the UK for a long time or have a permanent resident document still need to apply. Children also need to have their own application to secure settled or pre-settled status.
Those who successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme will be given either settled or pre-settled status and will be able to continue to live and work in the UK after the deadline.
Residents who require assistance with their application can access further support through the Oxford-based charity Asylum Welcome. Their service, Europa Welcome, can help residents who need support with their application or are unable to make an application themselves.
“I know this is a worrying time for people with less than one month to go until the Settlement Scheme deadline. I urgently encourage any residents who still need to apply to do so as soon as possible. Help, support and guidance is on offer to help apply for the settlement scheme, please do reach out for assistance so your rights are protected.
“It is extremely important that eligible citizens do not miss their chance to apply. We need to ensure that all our residents protect their rights and are able to continue to safely live and work in the UK.”
Councillor Shaista Aziz, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Communities