By Emma McClelland - 25 August 2021
30th June 2021. Since the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) began, it has been an inauspicious date for third-sector advisers working with EEA nationals. In the run-up, we expressed concern that thousands of eligible people wouldn’t meet the deadline, losing their rights overnight, or that last minute applicants would get caught in an under-resourced and underprepared processing system.
In less than two months since the EUSS deadline, we have heard from 165 people who have contacted us to report delays, difficulties in proving their status, and even to make late applications.
In light of this, and concurrently with other like-minded organisations, we have published a briefing that explores people’s ongoing concerns, introduces real-world case studies, and proposes measures through which the government, and civil society organisations involved in immigration checks, can mitigate the limitations of the scheme.
Our research revealed:
The end of free movement constituted a momentous transformation that affected EEA nationals, employers, the government, and civil society alike. We each have a part to play in how we navigate the process, and an ability to mitigate some of the limitations described in this briefing.
You can read the full briefing, which includes real-life case studies and our remedial recommendations, here. To stay up to date with our future research work, sign up to our newsletter.← News