There is now less than a year to go until the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
Wiltshire Council is encouraging local residents to apply for the scheme.
The UK Government has put this scheme in place to allow people to demonstrate their continued right to be here. While Wiltshire Council is not responsible for checking people have registered, EU settlement scheme registration is an important step towards retaining benefits as a resident of the UK. Evidence of their status will be important if they are, for example, changing jobs, agreeing a tenancy or opening a bank account.
The scheme is open to nationals from the EEA and Switzerland and their family members. This means people can apply if they are a national of any of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. If you are a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, you do not have to apply.
Those who have been in the UK for five years or more should be granted settled status. Settled status allows an individual to live and work in the UK indefinitely and will be lost only once an individual has been absent from the UK for five years. Anyone who has been in the UK for less than five years should be granted pre-settled status.
This can be converted to settled status at the five-year point, provided that they have not had excessive absences from the UK during the five-year period. All EEA and Swiss nationals and their non-European family members who reside in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 are able to apply for settled or pre-settled status.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “We value those who have chosen to live or work in Wiltshire and we hope they will apply for this scheme.
“Although there is still a year to go, why not apply now and confirm your status in case there’s anything you might need that could delay your application.”
For the latest information and to apply, visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families