What is the EU settlement scheme?
The EU settlement scheme is a registration process for EU nationals and their family members who wish to stay in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
It should be straightforward and many people can register easily from their phone or computer. More details are here.
What is Europa Welcome?
Europa Welcome is a new service for Europeans in Oxfordshire run from Oxford-based charity Asylum Welcome.
It is to help people unable to make an application by themselves (for example because they struggle with technology, language barriers, health problems etc.).
It is one of more than 50 such advice services funded by the Home Office across the UK until March 2020. But it will be a confidential service.
Contact us if you want help for yourself or your family. Or if you work with Europeans and want to ask for help on their behalf.
The service will include confidential appointments to explain the settlement scheme and to help those who wish to register to submit documents and communicate with the Home Office. It will help Europeans have peace of mind that they are registered.
Why is Asylum Welcome running this service?
Although Asylum Welcome normally helps asylum seekers and refugees, this is a time of upheaval when the most vulnerable of the Europeans who have made Oxfordshire their home may feel anxious about their rights in the UK.
Asylum Welcome has taken on this service because it wants to meet that need and because it has all the ingredients to provide useful help: a well-established immigration advice centre, a track record of negotiating with the Home Office and a magnificent community of local volunteers with a welcoming ethos.
It will help if you can bring these documents to your appointment – but do not worry if you cannot.
- Passport (or other proof that you are an EU national such as biometric residence permit)
- Evidence of how long you have been in the UK, for example a National Insurance number