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City council encourages non-UK EU nationals to apply to stay

News release from 05/03/2020

CAMBRIDGE City Council is encouraging non-UK EU nationals to apply to stay in the UK by promoting awareness of the national EU Settlement Scheme.

There will be a stall outside the front of the Guildhall, in Market Square, from 1pm-4pm on Saturday 7 March, and again on Saturday 14 March.

Visitors to the stall will be able to collect print materials provided by the charity Settled, speak with volunteers, and have the chance to speak to an accredited advisor (accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) who is able to give legal advice to those in need and is volunteering on behalf of Settled. 

Anyone with queries about the EU Settlement Scheme is encouraged to come along on one of the Saturday afternoons.

The council is also promoting awareness of the scheme through a flyer which will be sent out with all Council Tax bills in the city later this month. The flyer will explain how residents can get more information about the scheme and apply.

These two initiatives build on other efforts to promote awareness in the city through articles in the council’s magazine for residents, Cambridge Matters, posts on social media and a letter that was sent to non-UK EU nationals on the open electoral register before Christmas.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Cambridge always has been, and always will be, a city open to people from all over around the world.

“We are proud of our diversity and of all those residents from around the world who have made such a huge contribution to our city and our country. Cambridge has an estimated 23,000 non-UK EU citizens resident here. It is vital that they continue to feel welcome here, and we hope that as many as possible will apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure they are able to stay.”

Citizens of EU countries who wish to remain in the UK after 30 June 2021 must apply to do so through the EU Settlement Scheme. Applicants need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that they live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

By the end of December 2019 over 3 million people had applied, with over 2.7 million already granted status.

Information on how to apply is available online at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families