Staying in Scotland after Brexit
The deadline for the UK to leave the EU is looming. This means it is very important for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who wish to stay in the UK after Brexit to understand their rights and responsibilities.
If you are an EU national and stay in Scotland, then Brexit will mean changes. For example, the right to stay anywhere in the UK, including Scotland, will not be given automatically. There is an application process to undertake, and there may be some people who struggle with the application process.
This is why Citizens Advice Scotland has launched the EU Citizens Support Service. This is a full-time phone helpline with specialist advisers and is part of the Scottish Government’s Brexit planning.
What is the EU Citizens Support service?
It’s important to be aware of how EU citizens rights after Brexit may change. The EU Citizens Support Service is brand new and designed to help people apply for settled status in the UK. There is a wide range of people who may wish to take advantage of this service. For example, those living in remote or rural areas may have difficulty with the online process. The service will also help people with particularly complex immigration or residency issues or those who find it difficult to get the evidence needed to apply.
There are many different types of situation in which people might need help. They may:
- have difficulty accessing an android mobile phone
- have limited access to the internet
- find it difficult to get the evidence needed to apply
- be at greater risk due to personal circumstances
- have specific immigration or residency issues.
How to use the EU Citizens Support Service
This is a free and impartial service. It is available across Scotland, including here in East Dunbartonshire. To contact this new service directly please call 0800 916 9847. This line is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
If you are looking to stay in the UK after Brexit and would like face-to-face advice, then please get in touch with us to book an appointment.