29 March 2019
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is concerned that many skilled construction workers may not have the language or technical skills to understand how to apply for settled status.
From 30 March EU citizens will need to apply for EU settled status in order to continue living and working in the UK after Brexit. The Home Office will grant settled status if EU citizens have lived in the UK for five years, or pre-settled status if they have been in the UK for less than five years.
While providing assistance to members with questions about the EU Settlement Scheme, the NFB calls on the Home Office to keep an open mind and adopt an attitude to ensure that nobody gets left behind. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said:
“We have published a simple guide to help members with employees who need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and our team of experts are on hand to answer any questions they may have on this subject. The Government, however, must continue with efforts to ensure that every EU citizen who has the right to remain in the UK is both aware of the EU Settlement Scheme and can apply for settled status without any obstacles.”
The NFB guide to the EU Settlement Scheme is available exclusively to members on our website at https://www.builders.org.uk/news/the-eu-settlement-scheme/