Equality News Update: Organisations United to Support EU Citizens to Settle in Fife

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Fife’s charities and Fife Council have joined forces to help EU Citizens apply for Settled Status.

Fife Migrants Forum, Citizens Advice & Rights Fife, Fife Centre for Equalities and Fife Council will be working together to raise awareness about the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) as well as assisting individuals with their application.

Since March 2019, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK and their family members can apply under the settlement scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status.  This will enable them to continue to live, work, study and access public services in the UK.

EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens living in the UK have to apply for settled status as part of the government’s post-Brexit registration system. Those who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit must apply for settled status before 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.

Under the community support for vulnerable citizens funding scheme, the Fife-based organisations have secured funding to provide help and information to vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EUSS.  Vulnerable people include disabled people, those with severe mental health conditions, victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse, those without a permanent address and those who are elderly or isolated.

An official launch of the Fife EU Settlement Partnership will be held on Friday 13 September, 10am at Kirkcaldy Town House for the organisations to explain their role in supporting EU vulnerable citizens.

 

Below is what the organisations say about supporting EU Citizens to stay in Fife:

 

Gary Guichan, Manager of Fife Migrants Forum:

“Fife Migrants Forum has been helping migrants to settle in Fife since 2010.  Our aim is to help new residents, who may face a range of issues, to integrate into the community and settle into their new homes. Our current focus is now on helping people to complete their EUSS application if they need to apply for settled status.

Appointments are available at our office in The Kirkcaldy Centre (formerly The Postings) Hunter St, Kirkcaldy. We will provide language and IT support to help people make their applications and be able to talk them through the process.”

 

Nina Luznar, Lead Advisor, EU Settlement Support Service of Citizens Advice & Rights Fife:

“Citizens Advice & Rights Fife (CARF) will provide advice and support to clients from EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, as well as qualifying non-EU citizens who need assistance when making an application for settled or pre-settled status to remain in the UK after Brexit. CARF has appointed a dedicated EU Settlement Scheme Support Worker to enable the service to focus on people who might experience difficulty in accessing or using required technology to complete their application; find it difficult to get the evidence needed to apply; are at greater risk due to personal circumstances or have specific immigration or residency issues. As an additional support to advisers, a solicitor-led helpline has been established to deal with difficult and complex cases.”

 

Mrs Nina Munday, Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities:

“We are pleased to be working with our partners to ensure the most vulnerable EU Citizens are being supported to remain in Fife.  As well as language barriers, many will have additional needs such as disability, gender identity or honour based violence.  In order to ensure their settlement status application is successful and they continue to make a positive contribution in Fife, FCE will ensure their additional needs are met appropriately.”

 

Judy Hamilton, Convener – Community & Housing Services Committee of Fife Council:

“While we have no control over what happens with Brexit, we absolutely welcome EU citizens living in Fife and want to make sure they are given the help and support they need to continue to live and work in Fife.  We are happy to be working with our partners to provide a range of ways that EU citizens can get the support they need to apply for EU Settled Status.  We are working with Fife Migrants Forum and CARF with Fife Centre for Equalities, to provide a signposting service.

A number of Fife Council Customer Service Centres: at Cowdenbeath, Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy and Methil can provide support with EU Settlement applications (this is an appointment-only service).”

 

For further information about the Fife EU Settlement Partnership, go to centreforequalities.org.uk/EUreferral.

 

 

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