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EU citizens reminded to apply to settlement scheme

EU citizens living in Bridgend county borough are being reminded that they must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living and working in the UK.

It’s free to apply to the scheme and you should complete your application by 30 June, 2021.

If successful, you will be granted ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status depending on how long you have lived here.

A report recently presented to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Equalities Cabinet Committee said that more than 4 million applications had been made to the EU Settlement Scheme from across the UK by the end of September.

If you are an EU citizen who has made your home here in Bridgend and are contributing to the life of the county borough, we want you and your family to be able to continue to live, work and access services here after Brexit.

So far, 1,730 EU Settlement Scheme applications have been concluded in Bridgend county borough, enabling local residents, originally from countries like Poland, Italy, Germany, Romania and Sweden to remain here as part of our communities.

Council leader Huw David

The report also showed that within the council, 14 languages are spoken amongst the workforce, not including Welsh and English.

If you need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you won’t be notified by the Home Office, UK/Welsh Government or the council. You can check for yourself on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme webpage.

If you need to apply, each family member must complete an application. This includes children and anyone under the age of 21.

For more information about how you can apply, visit Bridgend County Borough Council’s Preparing for Brexit webpage.

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