Published Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Coventry City Council has partnered with the Central England Law Centre to provide free, independent and confidential support with European Union (EU) Settlement Scheme applications
As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens living in Coventry will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Successful applications will allow them to continue to live legally in the UK beyond Brexit and protect their existing rights.
All EEA and EU citizens in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 must apply before 30thJune 2021. New rules, such as a points-based immigration system, will apply to all EEA and EU citizens who arrive in the UK on or after 1st January 2021 and wish to remain.
All EEA citizens must apply but also may need to apply on behalf of children, family members or carers.
Coventry City Council and the Central England Law Centre will work together to provide application support and advice, free legal advice, information sessions and digital support. The partnership will also help clients with document retrieval, as well as signposting them to other services across the city.
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Council Leader, said: “The application process can be difficult, especially for those who are not familiar with UK systems or with limited English. By offering this support we hope to give everyone a fair chance of protecting their rights”
The EU Settlement Scheme closes 30 June 2021. Those wishing to access the support on offer can email [email protected] or call 07507 726 526 on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Please note that applications are taking longer to be processed due to COVID-19.