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Eleventh-hour bid to ensure EU citizens living in Highlands secure UK settled status before June deadline


By Hector MacKenzie

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EU citizens and their family members have less than 50 days left to apply for their pre-settled and settled status to continue residing legally in the UK after June 30, 2021.

In a last effort to reach as many eligible people as possible before the deadline, the Citizens Rights Project will hold free, multilingual, face-to-face clinics around Scotland, amongst them one in Inverness.

This event will be held on Sunday, May 23 from 9am to 4pm at the Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Rd Inverness.

This event has been organised in collaboration with Inverness Citizens Advice Bureau.

After the UK left the EU, it entered into a transition period which ended on December 31 last year.

During the transition period, people from EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, could continue to enjoy their freedom of movement rights as they did before the UK decided to leave the EU.

All EU citizens and their family members who entered the UK on or before December 31, 2020 and who wish to continue to live, work or study here will need to apply for an immigration status to remain legally resident.

The Home Office has set up a special programme called the EU Settlement Scheme to process all the applications.

EU citizens and their family members who can prove they have lived in the UK for five years or more will be granted settled status, and those living here for less than five years will be granted pre-settled status. The closing date for applications is June 30.

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