The UK is set to leave the EU soon, meaning that EU citizens living in the UK will need to apply for the new EU Settlement Scheme.
This briefing sets out changes affecting EU citizens living in the UK and how housing associations can support staff and residents to apply to the scheme. The NHF has worked with immigration advice charity Settled to produce this guidance for housing association members.
The guidance recommends that housing associations do the following:
- Raise awareness of the scheme among staff and tenants and where possible, and identify EU citizens and third country national family members eligible to apply.
- Encourage eligible people to apply as soon as possible and not close to the deadline because they might need additional time to renew expired ID documents and/or gather further evidence.
- Provide applicants with evidence of their residence such as a letter confirming the length of their tenancy.
- Refer and signpost eligible people who need support with their applications to organisations funded by the Home Office (listed at the end of this report).
- Remind applicants with pre-settled status they need to apply for settled status once they reach their five years of continuous residence in the UK or before their pre-settled status expires.
We talk to Corine Meier, Tenancy Sustainment Advisor at Gloucester City Homes and volunteer at Settled – an immigration advice charity – about the EU settlement scheme and what it means for housing associations, staff and residents.