As you will be aware, the Home Office is making available up to £9million to fund a range of voluntary and community sector organisations to help EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Since announcing the EU Settlement Scheme grant funding, we have been working closely with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to ensure that organisations applying for funding are able to remain compliant with the law through OISC registration.
All organisations bidding must have the appropriate level of OISC registration in line with the services they are going to be providing in supporting vulnerable persons making their EU Settlement Scheme applications. However, together with the OISC, it has been our aim to ensure that a robust but proportionate assessment system will be applied to those seeking regulation to provide immigration advice and services related to the EU Settlement Scheme.
As such, we are pleased to let you know that today, Wednesday 23 January 2019, the OISC will be publishing details of a streamlined and fast-tracked application programme for not for profit and charitable organisations seeking to provide immigration advice and services related to the EU Settlement Scheme only.
Application forms for authorisation at OISC level 1 Immigration (limited to the EU Settlement scheme) will be available on the OISC website from the 1 February 2019.
Applications will take around 4-6 weeks to process and successful organisations will be granted Level One accreditation limited to the EU Settlement Scheme. Organisations will need to show that they have satisfied the relevant competency requirements and provide evidence that they are fit to offer advice.
As part of this, the Home Office is commissioning a short training course which bidding organisations can take towards demonstrating they have the right level of understanding and competency required in relation to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Organisations that wish to deliver services that require Level One accreditation can bid for the EU Settlement Scheme grant funding at this stage without it. Organisations will be expected to apply for the fast-tracked application process and participate in the training course, once available, to achieve the necessary accreditation if they are unable to already evidence the competencies the OISC will require organisations to demonstrate.
EU Settlement Scheme update
On 21 January 2019, the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.
EU citizens and their family members may apply under the EU Settlement Scheme as part of a public test phase, running from 21 January 2019. EU citizens with a valid EU passport, as well as their non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card, are able to apply in this public test.
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