The Home Office, which is responsible for matters relating to immigration in the UK, has committed €3.5m (£3m) to help EU citizens who are still eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
The fund was distributed to 72 related organizations and aims to help citizens who struggle to learn the language or have limited access to technical tools, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a Home Office press release, this funding has been earmarked since 2019 and amounted to £25m, including donations from charities, local authorities and community groups.
Furthermore, the body revealed that the network of organizations will be assisted with funding until March 31, 2022, ensuring that EU citizens who have reasonable grounds to miss the June 30, 2021 deadline, will be able to submit their late applications.
According to Home Office statistics, the authority received more than 6.2 million applications to EUSS by September 30, 2021, with 172,200 applications received since the June 30, 2021 deadline, while 360 thousand individuals were assisted with such applications.
EUSS is a scheme launched by the Home Office to process applications for EU citizens living in the UK before and after the UK has officially left the EU. This system grants applicants ‘pre-settlement’ or ‘settlement’ status based on how long they have been in the country.
However, despite the June 30 deadline, those who fail to apply for a residence permit for strong reasons will have the opportunity to do so throughout this platform. The application fee is €77 (£65) for adults and about €40 for minors.
“I am delighted that we continue to fund a network of 72 grant-funded organizations so that they can continue to provide such invaluable assistance and advice to vulnerable EU citizens and their families during the application process,” said Minister for Future Borders and Migration Kevin Foster. .
Moreover, there are more than 1,500 employees of the Ministry of Interior with 250 employees of the Settlement Settlement Center at the applicants’ disposal.
Paul Prosser, President of NOAH Enterprise and CEO of Simon Community, Scotland, Lauren McGrath praised the decision and expressed gratitude for the funding.
We are grateful that this funding will help us support those who may have missed the deadline for understandable reasons. With this funding, we can support this community to settle in their chosen place to call home,” said Community Renewal Glasgow Service Manager Suzanne Bell.
According to data provided by the Home Office for the month of February, around five million applications were submitted by EU citizens wishing to remain in the UK. The data also reveals that around 4.5 million applications were made in England, 81,800 from Northern Ireland, 83,800 from Wales and 252,400 from Scotland. The network of organizations received £4.5 million in an effort to help EU citizens apply for a residence permit on British soil.