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Steady increase in numbers of Hampshire’s EU citizens applying to Settlement Scheme

A continued in increase in the number of successful applications by Hampshire residents to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme has been recorded over the past few months.

Councillor Andrew Joy, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Communities, Partnerships and External Affairs, said: “I’m really pleased to see that the number of applications to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme from EU citizens living in Hampshire continues to rise. Latest figures show that over 36,000 applications have been successful, which we estimate is around 87% of EU citizens living in Hampshire.

“I would like to stress, that, while the current media focus is on the UK’s transition period at the end of this year, there is still plenty of time for people to apply to the Settlement Scheme which is open until the end June 2021. We greatly value all EU citizens living in Hampshire, who are all very welcome here. For those who haven’t yet applied and wish to do so, there’s no cost - and advice and guidance is available should it be needed.”

The EU Settlement Scheme is designed to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. It involves an online registration process, which has been designed specifically to enable those EU citizens, already lawfully based in the UK, to remain living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. The latest figures are those of 30 June 2020.

Support and advice is available for those needing help with the online form or assistance with complex cases at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Citizens Advice Bureau Southampton has been funded by the Home Office to provide an EUSS support service to help vulnerable people in the region, and the Southampton Registration Service is offering an ID scanning service. Guidance about how to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme is set out on the Government’s webpage and is available online in 26 European languages.

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