Council offers assistance to European citizens living in Cheshire West after Brexit

12 August 2019

Help is at hand for EU citizens who wish to continue living and working in the UK after Brexit.  An agreement between the UK government and the European Union offers protection for EU citizens including being able to obtain ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens and their families may apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to get this status and stay in the UK after it leaves the EU.

To help residents a new service; EU Settlement Scheme ID verification service is being introduced by Cheshire West and Chester Council.  Appointments will be available from 22 August with the Council’s registration team for citizens to bring in their ID document to be scanned and verified. Once done an application for pre-settled or settled status can then be made to the Home Office. The process is confidential and straightforward with no requirement for the registration team to keep any ID documents.

Councillor Karen Shore, The Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, said: “It is possible for EU citizens to apply direct to the Home Office for settled status by using a compatible android phone or tablet to scan and submit their identity document 

“However not everyone is able to or wants to do this and I’m pleased that the Council will be able to assist with the ID verification part of the process.”

The cost of the service provided by the registration team is £14 per person. To book an appointment please call 0300123 7037 or email chesterregisteroffice@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

Citizens currently have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled or pre-settled status.

More information on the EU Settlement Scheme is available on the Gov.uk website or by calling 0300 123 7379.
 

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