23 March 2020
EU citizens living or working in Reading are being reminded by the Council to apply for UK immigration status if they wish to stay in the UK in the future.
Following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January, it is important European citizens use the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to retain their right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare, education and benefits after December 31st 2020.
The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme. An agreement has also been reached for citizens from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Most EU citizens living in Reading, and their family members, will need to apply to stay in the UK. EU Citizens need to be resident in the UK by 31st December 2020 to be eligible for the EUSS. There is a six-month grace period to apply by 30th June 2021 but the individual must still have been resident by 31st December 2020.
Green party campaigner David McElroy said:
“EU citizens contribute much to Reading, and the town's diversity is one of its great strengths. We encourage people to take advantage of the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure they can continue to live and work in the town.”
It is free to apply for the EUSS and there is a government web page which gives full details: https://www.gov.uk/eusettledstatus.
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