To retain the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits after 31 December 2020, Non-UK EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
A pilot scheme is open now that is testing the application process EU citizens and their family members will use when the scheme opens fully next year. Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019, the day after Britain’s departure from the EU.
You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are working in the health and social care sector, and you are:
- an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
- a non-EU family member of an EU citizen and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you applied for on or after 6 April 2015
To apply you will need to complete a short and simple online (Android phone or PC but not Apple devices) application form to:
- prove your identity;
- show that you live in the UK; and
- declare any serious criminal convictions
The EU settlement scheme pilot for EU citizens working in health and social care is now live and open until 21 December 2018 and eligible applicants can apply:
If you have any questions about your application during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre on Tel: 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). You can also ask a question using the online submissions form:
Support for Barts Health Non-UK EU Staff
There are 1,764 Non-UK EU employees in Barts Health, that’s approximately one in ten of our workforce. We are keen to reassure our EU workforce that they are still very much welcome and appreciated for their skills, expertise and dedication to our patients. Barts Health will support you with reasonable time out of your normal working day to apply, you may also claim back the £85 EU Settlement Scheme application fee, claimants should contact their own hospital’s HR teams to make an appointment to attend so that their claim can be verified and the details logged for processing straight to payroll from HR (subject to a monthly payroll processing cut off of 5th of the month).
also claim £85 through the expenses claim process to reimburse you for the EU Settlement application fee, you will just need to show proof that you have applied to your line manager.
Further information on expenses claims can be found on WeShare
Further information can be found Department for Exiting the European Union website.
For further information contact your local HR team.
Deborah Coulthurst, Assistant Director of People, Newham University Hospital.