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Stronger Together EU Settlement Scheme Support Project

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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 euss@strongertogetherni.org, info@strongertogetherni.org  or by contacting individual partners.

Frontline delivery partners
STEP

THE Junction, 12 Beechvalley way; Dungannon, Co. Tyrone; BT70 1BS

Area covered: Mid-Ulster Area

Languages in house: Polish, Lith, Russian, Tetum, Port

euss@strongertogetherni.org

info@strongertogetherni.org

Ph: 028 8775 0211

Interethnic Forum

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

Natasha.taylor@interethnicforum.org.uk

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

 stephen.smith@cipni.com

Ph: 02838393372

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

 Oecsg2@yahoo.co.uk

Ph: 028-82249750

The Welcome Project

The Welcome House, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 1QJ

Area Covered : Lisburn

Languages in house: Polish, Russian, Ukrainian

Ph: 028 9266 4443

asia.jarzynska@resurgamtrust.co.uk

Belfast STEP

Belfast South Partnership Board Offices, 23 University st, Belfast

Area Covered: Belfast city Council Area

Languages in house: Romanian, Polish

Belfast.euss@strongertogetherni.org

Ph: 07449411943

YMCA NorthDown

10-12 High Street, Bangor, County Down BT20 5AY

Area covered: Bangor, Newtownards, Downpatrick & Lisburn

Languages: Latvian, Russian, Polish

julija@northdownymca.org and kinga@northdownymca.org

Ph: 028 9145 4290

Stronger Together info@strongertogetherni.org
Together with the immigration and racial equality expertise of:
STEP Migrant Rights & Law Centre

Children’s Law Centre

Phoenix Law

 

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

NOTES 

  •          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.