Hyslop Welcomes new Support Scheme for EU Citizens
Local Linlithgow MSP has welcomed the announcement that Europeans living in Scotland affected by immigration changes due to Brexit will be able to get support from a new GBP800,000 scheme.
Changing rules coming into force in March next year will mean EU citizens and their family members will be required to apply to secure their rights through an online system. Consequently the Scottish Government is introducing a new service, through the Citizens Advice Bureau, to help EU nationals with their immigration status following the UK’s expected withdrawal from the European Union.
“We are a welcoming nation that deeply values the contribution of those who have chosen Scotland as their home.
“This scheme will give all EU Citizens living in West Lothian the support they need to access advice about to secure settled status through the UK Government’s immigration system.
“I have serious concerns about UK Government’s ‘fee’ to apply to be recognised as a “settled” UK citizen. – You should not be asked to asked to pay to attain the rights you already have.
“The Scottish Government is clear and committed to standing up and supporting our EU Citizens and I would encourage any EU Citizens in West Lothian with queries or questions to get in touch with their local Citizens Advice Branch who are there to support you through this uncertain and anxious time.”
The Citizens Advice Bureau will begin increasing capacity to offer more advice and support, and a solicitor-led helpline will also be established for difficult and complex cases.
The announcement was made by Migration Minister Ben Macpherson when he was visiting Leith Citizens Advice Bureau in Edinburgh on International