EU CITIZENS who need help to complete their applications to
the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) can now get support from organisations in
Liverpool Citizens Advice and Migrant Help have both secured Home Office funding
to offer guidance to hard-to-reach or vulnerable EU citizens and citizens of
Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland who need help to complete their
two organisations are able to support people such as those who are:
· Young and leaving care
· Members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller
· Ill or who have a disability
· Victims of domestic abuse
· Victims of modern slavery and human
in Liverpool who would like advice from these organisations can find opening
times and contact details through the council’s Brexit pages – www.liverpool.gov.uk/brexit
must apply through the EUSS to retain the rights that they currently have after
the UK leaves the EU. They have until 31 December 2020 to apply to the EUSS if
the UK leaves without a deal.
is no charge to apply for settled and pre-settled status, and the majority of
people will not need to pay a solicitor or advisor to make their application.
will be able to apply through an app for Android devices that lets applicants
scan their ID documents.
do not have access to an Android device and they do not want to post their
documents Liverpool City Council offers a drop-in document scanning service at
the city centre one-stop shop, St John’s Market, on Tuesdays from 9.45-11.45am.
There is a £14 fee for using this service which has been set by the Home Office.
Liz Parsons, cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “It is great news that we have
organisations in the city that can support people to complete their
may be feeling anxious about applying, but the sooner they make contact with
one of these organisations in Liverpool the sooner they can get guidance and
most people have found the process straightforward to complete.
always prided itself on being a welcoming and diverse city and it is very
important to us that EU citizens who have made Liverpool their home can continue
living, working and being part of our city.”
Doerfel-Hill, EUSS support officer from Citizens Advice Liverpool, said: “We are really pleased that our
charity can support EU citizens who might otherwise struggle to complete these
essential applications themselves.
“Our service is
free, independent and confidential. Our team is ready to help anyone who needs
practical assistance from the start to the finish of the process and we can
contact the Home Office as well if that’s needed.
“We can also offer
appointments at a range of different places across the city – so just give us a
call or send us an email with your details and we’ll get back to you. Or if you
work for an organisation that has contact with vulnerable EU citizens in
Liverpool then we can consider making special arrangements to visit and
complete a number of applications with people at the same session.”