On Tuesday 30th June, we marked ‘a year to go’ until the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). EU/EEA citizens living in UK must apply to the Scheme to secure their immigration status post-Brexit and protect their rights here.
While there is still plenty of time to apply, this milestone is a great opportunity for us to work together to encourage and help people to apply.
Stronger Together Consortium have been funded by the Home Office to provide help and support to vulnerable EU citizens with this process since April 2019 and to date we have assisted 25 000 people in making an application out of a total of 58 600 applications made in Northern Ireland until April 2020. However, many including those most vulnerable, have not yet applied.
Stronger Together EUSS partner organizations work across the whole Northern Ireland and provide free bilingual and local support as well as specialised immigration advice within established and trusted ethnic minority support organizations in applying to the Scheme as well accessing other public & community services.
We would encourage Stronger Together members and other organizations and individuals to help disseminate information about our EUSS Project to your staff and service users and sign post individuals to EUSS so that people who have yet to apply can access our service and have their rights protected.
As grassroot community organizations we are open to innovative solutions in our efforts to reach out to our target groups and would be happy to host outreach application clinics at events or places regularly attended by EU citizens and their families as well as offer remote individual/group support while covid19 restrictions are still in place. We are also happy to discuss other ways of effectively working together to make sure anyone who needs it has their status secured and does not fall prey to hostile environment measures.
Our partners include STEP (Mid Ulster & Belfast), InterEthnic Forum (Ballymena & M&E Antrim), YMCA North Down, The Welcome Project Lisburn, Omagh Ethnic Community Support Group, Community Intercultural Programme (Portadown & Craigavon) as well as Children’s Law Centre and Phoenix Law.
Our services can be accessed by contacting us on 02887750211 from Monday to Friday, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or by contacting individual partners.
|Frontline delivery partners|
THE Junction, 12 Beechvalley way; Dungannon, Co. Tyrone; BT70 1BS
Area covered: Mid-Ulster Area
Languages in house: Polish, Lith, Russian, Tetum, Port
Ph: 028 8775 0211
20 William Street, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6AW
Area covered: Ballymena, Ballymoney, Mid &East Antrim Council Area & Causway
Languages in house: Slovak, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish
Ph: 028 2564 3605
|Community Integration Programme
CIP Centre, 7 Foundry Street; Portadown, Co. Armagh;BT63 5AB
Area covered: Craigavon, Portadown, ABC council
Languages in house: Polish, Port, Lith, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian
|Omagh Ethnic Community Support
Omagh Community House, 2 Drumragh Avenue; Omagh, Co. Tyrone; BT78 1DP
Area covered: Omagh, Fermanagh
Languages in house: Polish, Hungarian, Spanish
|The Welcome Project
The Welcome House, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 1QJ
Area Covered : Lisburn
Languages in house: Polish, Russian, Ukrainian
Ph: 028 9266 4443
Belfast South Partnership Board Offices, 23 University st, Belfast
Area Covered: Belfast city Council Area
Languages in house: Romanian, Polish
10-12 High Street, Bangor, County Down BT20 5AY
Area covered: Bangor, Newtownards, Downpatrick & Lisburn
Languages: Latvian, Russian, Polish
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Ph: 028 9145 4290
|Stronger Together firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Together with the immigration and racial equality expertise of:|
|STEP Migrant Rights & Law Centre
Children’s Law Centre
Information about the Settlement Scheme is available HERE in EU languages
Downloadable information and publicity materials to raise awareness about the Scheme and ‘how to’ guides are available in English HERE
Downloadable materials and toolkit for employers to support their EU employees is available HERE
- According to UKVI statistics 56800 people living in NI applied to the Scheme. Stronger Together supported 25000 applications.
- The EU Settlement Scheme will apply to all EU nationals as well as those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who wish to remain resident in the UK after June 30th, 2021
- EU citizens will only need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.The scheme is simple and free to use. More than 750,000 people have already applied.
- The deadline for applying in a deal will be June 30th, 2021 and December 31st, 2020 if there is a no deal.