The scheme has been open since 1st April 2019 and will remain so for any EU, EEA or Swiss National who is currently resident here or arrives in the Bailiwick on or by 31st Dec 2020. There will be an extended period for applicants to submit their registration - June 2021. The UK and the EU have agreed that affected citizens' rights will continue as at present until 31st December 2020. As a result, if those citizens want to stay in the Bailiwick of Guernsey beyond that date, they will need to apply under the EU/EEA/Swiss Settlement Scheme. This will allow those citizens and their family members to continue to live and work in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and will allow them to continue to have ongoing rights to healthcare, work arrangements and public services.
It is important to note that the EU/EEA/Swiss Settlement Scheme will be operated under immigration legislation and is entirely separate to the Population Management Law which operates in Guernsey, and any domestic laws controlling employment and residence in Alderney and Sark, which will continue to apply as they do now.
Immigration & Nationality Manager Lorraine Coupland said:
“Now that Brexit has happened, the UK has entered into the transition period and there is more certainty. This workshop, which will be in the form of a “drop in” session, will help us assist those yet to register . We would encourage every employer to publicise the scheme to their staff. The scheme is free and the application process is quick and easy.”
Where can I get an application form?
The Settlement Scheme forms and information leaflets are available online via: www.gov.gg/immigration
Applicants can download the form or alternatively forms can be collected from:
Forms will be also available at the workshop on 7th March.
Information leaflets are also available in Portuguese, Latvian, Polish and French
How do I submit the completed application?
Completed applications can be submitted by those attending the workshop.
Alternatively they can be made in person, at any of the following locations:
When an applicant makes their application, they should submit their valid passport or national identity card. Proof of residence within the Bailiwick of Guernsey will be required (and with the applicant's permission) this can be confirmed by the Immigration and Nationality team through checks conducted with the Revenue Service and Social Security departments of the States of Guernsey.
Helping Businesses and Employees
All efforts are being made to ensure that the scheme does not cause a detrimental impact to local business and staff. If you are a business and you feel that your staff would benefit from a visit from the immigration and Nationality team to learn more about the scheme, or to offer an opportunity to submit completed applications, please get in touch and we will arrange to visit you.
Any enquiries should be directed to Immigration and Nationality, New Jetty, White Rock, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2LL. Tel: 01481 741420 Email: email@example.com