MP Richard Thomson welcomes support for EU settlement scheme in North East Scotland
Gordon MP Richard Thomson welcomed the organization of more sessions offering free multilingual assistance with pre-arranged and settled status applications for EU citizens.
The support, provided by the Citizens’ Rights Project – a group of service workers, researchers, legal experts and volunteers – provides information, advice and support to EU citizens in Scotland by highlighting relationship of groups and organizations working within European communities.
Commenting, MP Richard Thomson said: “The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSs) was created to maintain the residency rights of EU citizens following the UK’s exit from the EU.
“The program application deadline has passed on June 30, 2021 and late applications are now only approved if applicants can demonstrate they have ‘reasonable grounds’ why they should be accepted.
“Thousands of people have applied since that date, but evidence suggests thousands of people may still not have applied for settlement status.
“This could be due to a number of reasons: lack of information, lack of language and digital skills and additional vulnerabilities compounded by the limitations posed by the Covid-19 crisis.
“So I’m happy to help shine a light on the counseling clinics that have been organized by the Citizens’ Rights Project.
“EU citizens who have come here to live and work and contribute to the local economy are an important part of our community.
“With Brexit, EU and UK citizens have lost rights and privileges that many of us grew up with and took for granted, such as the freedom to travel and the right to work outside. foreign.
“The loss of these rights was one of the most difficult aspects of a Brexit that Scotland did not vote for.
“Scots – of all nationalities – are poorer as a result and Scottish businesses are paying a heavy price.”
Counseling clinics have been arranged and will take place at Turning Point Scotland, 7 Holburn Street, Aberdeen on the following dates:
- Saturday May 14, 10am-3pm
- Saturday June 18, 10am-3pm
- Saturday July 16, 10am-3pm
To make an appointment, you must send an e-mail to: [email protected]