Rights of Women’s new immigration advice service for EU citizens and their family members
We are pleased to announce that Rights of Women has received government funding until March 2020 to provide support to vulnerable EU citizens and their family members applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Background to the EU Settlement Scheme
The UK’s decision to leave the EU will affect the rights of residence of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.
EU citizens and their family members must apply to the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ to get the immigration status they need to continue living in the UK. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.
Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme is available here https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.
How to get legal advice from us
Our telephone advice line provides legal advice and assistance to women who are vulnerable due to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) to enable them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Our telephone advice line is staffed by women immigration solicitors or barristers who are qualified to give advice up to OISC Level 3.
We can advise on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme including helping you to understand:
- what the EU Settlement Scheme is
- what criteria you need to meet
- how to make an application
- what documents you will need to apply
- what type of status you are eligible for
Here are the details you need to access our EU Settlement Scheme advice line:
020 7118 0267
Calls will be charged at local rates. Please note that calls made outside the opening hours will not be answered but will still be charged when connecting to our voicemail service. Our voicemail service will inform you about our service’s opening hours but does not accept messages.
Tuesdays: 11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesdays: 11.00am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Individuals are eligible to use our service if they meet the following criteria:
· living in England & Wales
· experienced or at risk of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
· EU citizen (including EEA and Swiss) or the family member of an EU citizen
A third-party (e.g. support worker) calling on behalf of a woman who meets these criteria is also eligible. To ensure best practice, we ask that the woman is present, wherever possible.
We are only able to advise in English.
Callers who require an interpreter can request one from us when they call and we will endeavour to provide a telephone interpreter where possible.
Our EU Settlement Scheme advice line will open on 4th June 2019 and will be open weekly until our government funding ends on 31st March 2020.
Please check our website for any updates to the operation of this service here https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-advice/immigration-and-asylum-law/.