STRABANE Ethnic Community Association (SECA) is urging any locals who may have to apply for settled status as a result of Brexit to get in touch.
Kamini Rao explained that while the situation is very fluid, staff at SECA are ready and willing to help anyone struggling with the process.
It was announced in recent days that the settled status scheme – which will process the applications of European Union (EU) citizens currently living here to allow them to remain in the UK after Brexit – was going live.
This means anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will have to apply for settled status by June 30, 2021 in order to be allowed to stay in the country.
Applicants will be given either settled or pre-settled status. Anyone who doesn’t apply by this deadline will no longer be living in the country legally.
The scheme opened for applications recently, however the government says this is a ‘voluntary test phase’ and it will become fully open to applicants on March 30.
Kamini Rao explained, “The scheme was supposed to roll out but that changed this week, so we are trying to get to grips with the process quickly and see how the application process works. We would urge anyone living locally who is concerned about it to get in touch. We have some computers here in our office which they can use to complete the application and we will be able to help them with it as well.”
- Anyone who needs assistance is welcome to call in to SECA at Bridge Street in Strabane or make contact through the group’s Facebook page.