EU citizens living in the Highlands invited to take part in online briefings on their rights, organised by Citizens Rights Project
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A series of free online seminars on EU citizens’ rights is being organised by the Citizens Rights Project, which works with EU citizens across Scotland.
The webinars will focus mainly on the Settled Status scheme under which EU citizens currently in the UK can get a permanent right to stay in the country.
The series of five webinars will run from Wednesday until the middle of next month, and will feature a range of legal and other experts.
Each webinar will run for an hour and include time for questionss and answers.
The first seminar, which will be at 4pm on Wednesday, will look at the overall picture of EU citizens’ rights in the UK under the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement
The speaker will be Mark Lazarowicz, an advocate who has represented EU citizens in a number of cases involving their rights.
He said: “The rights of EU citizens in the UK are founded on the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the EU and UK.
"This includes the right to continue to reside which have been brought into effect by the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, but also other provisions about equal rights at work, access to public services and benefits, and social security co-ordination.
"It also includes other provisions for citizens’ right issues. It is important that those working in this area have an up-to-date knowledge of these wider rights that EU citizens have during the Transition Period, and beyond."
Places for this webinar should be booked here.
The dates and speakers of the future events in the seminar are as follows:
May 6 at 4pm: Settled Status and pre-settled status with Kenneth Campbell QC;
May 12 at 4pm: Specific issues in applying for settled status with Janey Armstrong, a partner at Drummond Miller solicitors;
May 14 at 4pm: The experience of applicants for settled status with Dorota Peszkowska, a project officer at FENIKS EU Settlement Scheme Support project.
Date and time to be confirmed: The suitability test – the consequences of criminal convictions with advocate Alan Caskie.