Advice for EU citizens
Argyll and Bute is home to some residents from different European Union (EU) countries, all of whom make an important contribution to our area.
You will want to know as much as possible about what will happen when the UK plans to leave the EU in March 2019, a process known as ‘Brexit’.
We will put all relevant information on this web page as it becomes available.
The Scottish Government’s website at https://www.mygov.scot/eu-exit/ provides information and guidance to help you prepare for the EU exit, including a 'no deal' situation. While not all information is available at this time, regular updates will be made to the site as new information becomes available.
The EU Settlement Scheme at https://www.gov.uk/staying-uk-eu-citizen provides further details about how EU citizens and their families can obtain settled status in the UK.
EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME
The UK Government launched its EU Settlement Scheme on 30 March 2019.
The scheme provides a simple and straightforward process for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who want to stay in the UK to get the UK immigration status they need, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.
The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
You will only need to complete three key steps – prove your identity, show that you live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions. Applications to the Scheme are free and are made via a short online application process.
The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.
Below are links to online information and support regarding the EU Settlement Scheme:
Advice for businesses
The UK and Scottish Governments have both provided useful guidance for businesses to help prepare for the UK leaving the EU. Both websites will raise your awareness of the risks, rewards and challenges of the new economic landscape by highlighting areas that you need to plan for. It will direct you to resources, advice, events and services to help you develop your plans.
Scottish Government Brexit guidance at https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/
UK Government Brexit self-assessment tool at https://www.gov.uk/business-uk-leaving-eu
In March 2019, a new ‘Brexit Support Grant’ for small to medium sized businesses was announced, offering 100% funding up to £4000.
All VAT Registered Scottish based SME companies are eligible for the grant. Full details here: https://www.prepareforbrexit.scot/updates/brexit-support-grant?fbclid=IwAR2FXGF-vBeaR2ZPFXE7iVLML25fpSwu4nqbcA4QPOoYfexLc8WCqHCwZ_Y