Guidance Update: EEA Nationals accessing ESF Programmes

Following previous updates to immigration rules and guidance, to be eligible for European Social Fund (ESF) support European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals in the UK must hold settled status or pre-settled status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

A grace period was in place up to 30th June 2021, after this date evidence of EUSS is required to show the right to work in the UK, and for participants to be eligible to receive support from projects.

To obtain the evidence, participants are to provide a ‘share code’ from the website:

Project officers must then check and download the participant’s right to work status from this website:

Citizens of Ireland will not be required to apply for EUSS and existing rights under the Common Travel Area arrangements will remain, therefore the above guidance will not apply.

Read our original blog here for more information about EUSS and the updated guidance.

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