A total of £8 million of funding will be used to help vulnerable EU citizens to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, the UK Home Office announces.
Local authorities and charities will help to provide face-to-face, online and telephone support to vulnerable people across the UK, VisaGuide.World reports.
Kevin Foster, UK Minister for Future Borders and Immigration considers that the EU citizens are an integral part of the UK society, culture and community, pointing out that the UK this is their home.
“Supporting vulnerable EU citizens and their families is at the forefront of our approach to the EU Settlement Scheme. This new funding means no stone will be left unturned in ensuring everyone gets the help they need,” Foster added.
The plan to support vulnerable persons in the UK to apply through the EU Settlement Scheme may include legal supports, caseworker services or advice in general, as either individual or group sessions.
During last year, a total of £9 million funding was granted to 57 charities across the UK, that have helped thousands of vulnerable people.
Further, £8 million of funding are planned to ensure information for the vulnerable persons through 2020-2021.
The EU Settlement Scheme has been initiated in a bid to help the EU, the EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members that are living in the UK. It enables applicants to continue living in the UK after June 30, 2021.
After the UK is officially out of the EU and is on a transition period until December 2020, the deadline for applying to continue living in the UK is June 30 2021.
A total of two million European Union citizens have applied to stay in the UK post-Brexit, through the EU Settlement Scheme, according to the statistics published on October 10, 2019.
Last month, the number of non-UK EU nationals who have applied through the EU Settlement Scheme increased to 3 million, according to an announcement of Priti Patel, Secretary of State for the Home Department.