On 22 November 2018, KVA organised a meeting with 6 local organisations and RBK representatives, to discuss the possibility of partnership working.  This was in order to support vulnerable EU citizens in the Borough with applying for ‘settled status’.   

 

EU citizens living in the UK, and their family members, will need to apply under the EU Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

 

Those applying under the EUSS will need to complete a digital application form, which involves some key steps.

1. They will need to prove their identity and show that they live in the UK. 

2. They will need to declare that they have no serious criminal convictions.

3. Applications will cost £65 for those aged 16 year or more, and £32.50 for a child younger than 16 years.  For those who already have valid permanent residentce or Indefinite Leave to Remain documentation, they will be able to exchange it, free-of-charge, for Settled Status.

4.  New digital application systems for the EUSS will be accessible through phones, tablets, laptops and computers.  It will be launched fully at the end of March 2019 and will remain open umtil the end of June 2021.

 

To ensure that adequate support is available to those who require it, the Home Office has up to £9 million of grant funding to be awarded in FY19/20 to multiple bidders of VCS organisations.

 

Organisations can bid for funding via one of two lots, within the ranges of: £5,000 – £24,999 and £25,000 – £500,000. The awarded VCS organisations will be funded and supported by the Home Office to deliver practical assistance to vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their family members - who must all complete an EUSS application.

 

The Presentation from the event can be found here

To find out more about the scheme follow this link: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/fd25fb5c-ec72-4a7d-981f-0623ef5e294c

If you are interested in joining the Partnership, please contact Sanja.djerickane@kva.org.uk