With less than 100 days until EU Settlement Scheme deadline, EU citizens living in Bridgend County Borough are being reminded that they must apply now to continue living and working in the UK.
As part of the UK’s new post-Brexit immigration system, the scheme offers citizens of the 27 EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the right to keep living and working in the UK as they did when the country was part of the EU.
Applications are free but must be submitted by the deadline of 30 June, 2021.
So far, almost 2,000 EU Settlement Scheme applications have been concluded in Bridgend County Borough. Of those, 1,370 have been granted settled status and 570 pre-settled status, depending on how long they have lived here.
The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “EU citizens who have made their home in Bridgend and are contributing to the life of the county borough must act now and apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline to be able to continue to live, work and access services here.
“Nearly 2,000 application have been concluded so far, allowing residents who are originally from countries including Lithuania, Germany, Portugal and Poland to remain here as part of our communities.”
If you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you won’t be notified by the Home Office, UK or Welsh Government, or the council. You can check for yourself on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme webpage.
If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21.
For more information about how to apply, visit Bridgend County Borough Council’s Preparing for Brexit webpage.