Important guidance update for EEA Nationals accessing ESF Programmes

Suzanne AllenBlog & News

The guidance on participant eligibility to access support from English European Social Fund (ESF) programmes has been updated in line with new Immigration Rules.

To be eligible for ESF support from 1st January 2020 EEA nationals in the UK must hold settled status or pre-settled status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

There is a grace period until 30th June 2021 during which EEA nationals will still be eligible for support, but they must apply for EUSS by then if they intend to remain in the UK and remain on projects beyond this date.

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.

The action note is available to read here, including examples of potential participant scenarios, and the full guidance is here under the section ‘Participant Eligibility’.

More information about the EU Settlement Scheme and the application process is available on the Government website here.

For help with applications to the EUSS, a search is available for local organisations offering support here.

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