EU citizens urged to apply for settled status

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EU citizens currently living on Arran are being urged to apply for settled status as soon as possible.

Europeans who previously moved to the UK will have to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June, 2021, or 31 December, 2020, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Councillor Louise McPhater, cabinet member for communities at North Ayrshire Council, urged people to apply as soon as possible to avoid a possible late surge in applications.

‘EU citizens make a fantastic contribution to our communities, our economy and our society, and we hugely value that contribution,’ said Councillor McPhater.

‘We want to ensure that whatever happens with Brexit, they can continue to live and work in Scotland, where they have made their home. While many EU citizens have already applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, we know that a large number have still to do so.

‘This might include people who have been living in Scotland for many years and may not be fully aware of the need to apply. For example, perhaps the person made their home here many years ago, is now living in sheltered accommodation and is unaware of the application process.

‘We would urge family, friends and neighbours – if you know of someone who needs to apply, please let them know so they can secure settled status.

‘Although the deadline may seem some time away, I would urge people to apply as soon as possible to avoid a late rush.’

The application process is free and you can find out more information about how to apply at

A specialist full-time national helpline is also available on 0800 916 9847. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.