On 22 November, KVA organised a meeting with 6 local organisations and RBK representatives to discuss the possibility of partnership working 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 three key steps. They will need to prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare that they have no serious criminal convictions. An application will cost £65 for those aged 16 years or more and £32.50 for a child less than 16 years. For those who already have valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation, they will be able to exchange it, free of charge, for settled status. The new digital application system for the EUSS will be accessible through phones, tablets, laptops and computers. It will launch fully at the end of March 2019 and will remain open until 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 & £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