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    Nearly 4700 Forth Valley residents apply for EU settled status

    Written by on February 11, 2020

    Nearly 4700 EU nationals living in the Forth Valley have applied for settled status in the UK after Brexit.

    Figures show 4680 applications were made by local residents before the end of 2019.

    It guarantees EU citizens their rights in UK law, after Britain leaves the European Union.

    The top four nationalities to apply are Polish, Italian, Romanian and Spanish.

    The Home Office have described the process of signing up as “straightforward”

    The deadline to apply is 30th June 2021.

    Stirling MP Alyn Smith told Central FM, “This is not an approach that I support from the UK government, as I feel that settled status should be automatically given to those who have already moved here, worked here and contributed so much here.

    “However, this is the system that has been put in place, and it must be taken seriously.

    “I would encourage every non-Irish EU and EEA citizen to get their applications in as soon as possible to avoid an unnecessary delay in getting this sorted.

    “Where there are difficulties, the Scottish Government has provided additional funding to Citizens Advice who will be able to offer assistance.”

    You can find lots of useful information on the Citizens Advice Scotland website