Wokingham Borough Council is now offering appointments to assist residents who require additional help applying for UK immigration status through the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU citizens and their family members living in the UK need to apply to retain their right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare, education and benefits. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, it is important residents apply if they wish to continue living here after 31 December 2020.
The majority of applicants should be able to use the EU Exit: ID Document app to complete the ID verification stage of the EU Settlement Scheme application using their smart phone, without any further assistance.
Individuals who might require extra support, or who don’t have access to a smart phone, may wish to book a one-to-one appointment at the Borough Council’s Register office. Appointments are being offered Tuesday to Thursday each week, between 10am to midday and cost £14 per applicant.
Customers can make an appointment by calling 0118 974 6000 and selecting option 3, and then 3 again to speak to someone in the Registers office.
EU Citizens attending an appointment will be required to bring a valid passport, whilst non-EU citizens are asked to bring their UK-issued biometric resident card. This service does not accept national identity cards.
Once applications have been reviewed, EU citizens will be granted either ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status. Which status they get depends on how long they’ve been living in the UK when they apply.