November 20th, 2018
* ARTICLE UPDATED WITH SUPPORT SESSION INFORMATION *
In a new blog, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, Professor Shearer West, has announced that the University will pay the registration fees for all of its EU staff and their families should they wish to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
By taking part in the scheme, colleagues will be able to protect their rights and those of their families after 31 December 2020, when the UK is currently scheduled to exit the European Union. Further details are available by contacting Megan.Garner@nottingham.ac.uk in Human Resources.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.
EU Settlement Scheme — pilot stage launched Thursday 15 November
The Home Office is currently testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch.
EU citizens and non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the Higher Education sector can register to take part in the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme pilot covering employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors. This pilot launched on Thursday 15 November and runs until Friday 21 December 2018.
This pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens and their family members will use when the scheme opens fully next year. Feedback provided by participants in the pilot will be used to make improvements to the process before the scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.
By taking part in the pilot, participants will be able to make an early application for new UK immigration status in order to continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
Who is eligible to take part in the pilot?
You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are an employee of our university, and you are:
If you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme pilot you will need to complete a short and simple online application form to:
Application process during the pilot
To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme you will need to complete an online application:
What happens next?
Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the pilot scheme, please view the Briefing pack.
If you are having trouble with the application process or have any queries, please use the Home Office Resolution Centre in the first instance via https://eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk/start or telephone 0300 123 7379.
UPDATE – Support sessions
The University has arranged for individual support sessions to run throughout December 2018 for individuals who need some additional support completing their application e.g. those who do not have access to an android device (required as part of the pilot process). The sessions will be run by members of the HR Department who will provide you with access to an android phone to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to complete your application.
These sessions can be booked via the short courses website and will take place across multiple campuses.
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