How to apply for EU settled status – Cornwall Council offers ID scanning service

Cornwall Council is reminding EU residents living in Cornwall that help is on hand for those who still need to apply for settled status.

European citizens living in Cornwall who don’t hold British citizenship may need to apply for settled or pre-settled status to continue living and working in the UK from 2021.

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The latest figures show that around 4,640 EU citizens living in Cornwall applied to the government’s Settlement Scheme between August 2018 and September last year.

Following the general election, and with Brexit day set for January 31, Cornwall Council’s Registration Service has seen an uptake in the number of people seeking help with their applications.

Since last June, 201 people have used the ID scanning service, and Cornwall Registration Service says appointments are building.

David Murthwaite, a council registration officer who provides the ID scanning service, said: “The service that we provide is simply to confirm your identity to the Home Office, and that way, you won't have to send your passport off, or any residency permit cards.

“When the Settlement Status Scheme was introduced we had a rush to come in to take part in this identification service that we provide, then there was a lull because Brexit was thwarted on a number of occasions,” he added.

“Since the general election, we’ve seen an increase in people coming forward and wanting to take advantage of the service.”

Cornwall Council leader Julian German said: “EU nationals are our friends, our family, and our colleagues.

“Cornwall has been made all the better for their contribution. Brexit is happening, but we must protect the rights of those who will be more affected by us leaving the EU.

“I’d encourage anyone who needs help completing an EU Settlement Scheme application to get support with the ID verification part of the process through the Council’s EU Settlement Scheme ID scanning service.”

Brigitte Henville, who is originally from Germany, has recently made use of Cornwall Council’s ID scanning service.

Mrs Henville, who has been a UK resident for the last 48 years, and lives in Constantine, said: "The service was extremely helpful. I made an appointment at the Register Office and I had excellent service.

"It was relaxed, informative - I couldn't have asked for better. It’s the best way to do it. Don't try to struggle your way through it alone."

Frey Nicou, from Sweden has lived in the UK for 10 years and currently lives in Lizard village.

She said: " The ID scanning service was really good. I found it very easy and straightforward.

"I spoke to a very kind and helpful man and have now made a start with my application, so it was a positive experience for me.

"I’d absolutely recommend it. Instead of going online, it’s nice to have someone to talk through it."

To book an appointment, contact Cornwall Registration Service on 0300 1234 181, between 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday for an appointment at Truro Registration Office, Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY.

Applications to register for settled status are open until June 30, 2021, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal. In a no deal scenario, there will be an earlier deadline of December 31, 2020.

Making sure that Cornwall is ‘ready for Brexit’ is a key component of Cornwall Council’s ‘Democratic Cornwall’ priority.

 

Story published on January 29, 2020