The group’s main objective is to facilitate the acquisition of EEA residence documentation, status under the EU Settlement Scheme and British citizenship for nationals of EEA countries and their family members. Our purpose is support members with the application process for:
- Permanent Residence Certification
- Residence Cards for EEA family members
- Children’s registration
- Adult naturalisation
- Settled Status and pre-Settled Status
The UKCEN Team believes that residence rights can be better guaranteed with appropriate residence documentation. PR and ILR are both pathways towards citizenship and can guarantee EU citizens their access to services and benefits the UK in the same way British citizens can access them.
We also aim to raise awareness of the need to apply for the new status and intend to provide practical help and support with the application system.
The group was also involved in various initiatives aimed at putting pressure on the UK Government to take a ‘soft approach’ and allow EU citizens in the UK to obtain settlement in the UK (whether referred to as PR, ILR or “settled status”) without the need for CSI, recognising that carers are workers and allowing those with less of 5 years’ exercising treaty rights to continue their journey towards settlement. With settled status firmly on the horizon, this issue has now become academic.
There are a growing number of qualified immigration lawyers on board who regularly contribute to the group in various ways, such as answering queries from members, reviewing the group FAQs and putting together briefing documents. They include OISC authorised lawyers as well as solicitors and barristers.
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