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Hi-tech assistance for EU citizens

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 10 April 2019 | Comments

East Suffolk Council is stepping in to help EU residents in the District as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.  

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens now have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 and to support EU citizens in east Suffolk through the process, the Council has been registered as a Home Office Biometric Centre allowing us to assist residents with the online application process.

The Council is also offering support to local businesses by taking the digital checking service on-site. This is especially useful for big companies who may have a high percentage of EU staff who will benefit from the service. If you have a business and want to get involved, please email economicdevelopment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Nick Khan, Strategic Director at East Suffolk Council, said: “We know that there has been a lot of uncertainty since the referendum, not least for EU citizens who now have to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after we leave.

“We value all our residents which is why East Suffolk Council wants to assist EU citizens the best we can with the process of applying for the new Scheme.”

East Suffolk Council can help residents complete the online application form as well as confirm and submit the supporting documents. This service is available by referral from the Home Office only and we are not able to assist with applications without a referral.

Contact the Home Office for more information and to start your application. 

We can also assist in the digital part of the application process, meaning that residents can complete the process online, but do the digital checking service via the Council. This service does not require a referral. Please contact Customer Services on 0333 016 2000 and ask for immigration services for more information.