Citizens’ Rights Project

Citizens’ Rights Project

I have started volunteering as an Immigration Adviser with
Citizens’ Rights Project (CRP), an organisation set up to support EU Citizens in Scotland. With all that is happening as a result of leaving the EU, many people who have previously been able to live in the UK without any need to apply for a visa will find their situation changed.

The Home Office have put in place a Settlement Scheme which means anyone who is living here as an EU/EEA/Swiss Citizen or their close family member, who is already in the UK by 31 December 2020, must apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status in order to stay.
They have until 30 June 2021 to apply. This includes people who have lived in the UK for years or even decades. It is very important that those affected apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status as soon as possible.

CRP are concerned that there has been little promotion of this situation and we are worried that there are people who this will affect, but who may well be unaware.

I am trying to reach people in Portobello (and as an organisation, across Scotland more widely) to offer assistance to those who might need it. If you, or anyone you know, think you might need to apply, there is information on our website about how to do so.

We are also offering free, individual advice sessions with our trained and regulated volunteer advisers, for anyone who would appreciate more help. For example, those who would like help with the technology involved (the application process takes place via a smartphone app); those who might need support in gathering the required documents; or those who have a query as to whether they are able to apply.

You can book an appointment through the website (contact us):

Upcoming Free In-Person Events (with all Covid safety measures in place) for anyone who would like help to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, and in particular those who find online meetings a challenge. A chance to speak to one of our regulated advisors. We will be at:
Meadowbank, Edinburgh on 30 January and 27 February; and
Dunbar on 3 and 20 February.
You must book these events in advance to ensure social distancing.
For more info and to book see:

Please pass this information on! Thank you!
Kirsten Griew

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