There’s now less than 30 days until the EU Settlement Scheme deadline of 30 June 2021.
The scheme, which is part of the UK’s new post-Brexit immigration system, offers citizens of the 27 EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the right to keep living and working in the UK as they did when the country was part of the EU.
All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply without delay. Applications are free but must be submitted by the deadline of 30 June, 2021.
So far, 1,500 applicants have been granted settled status in Bridgend County Borough and 620 applicants granted pre-settled status, depending on how long they have lived here. Council Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “If you are an EU citizen who has made your home here and are contributing to the life of Bridgend County Borough, we want you and your family to be able to continue to live, work and access services here.
“In order to do this, you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021 – time is now running out so please don’t delay if you haven’t applied already.
“Over 2,000 applications have already been concluded so far, allowing residents who are originally from countries including Germany, Poland, Italy and France to remain here as part of our communities.
To check if you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, visit the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21.
Vulnerable residents can get help with their applications by visiting the EUSS support webpage.
For more information about how to apply, visit Bridgend County Borough Council’s Preparing for Brexit webpage.