FM urges EU citizens to apply to settlement scheme

The deadline for the scheme is on Wednesday, June 30.

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Nicola Sturgeon has urged EU citizens living in Scotland to apply to the EU settlement scheme “as soon as possible”.

The First Minister made the plea ahead of the deadline for the UK Government scheme on Wednesday, June 30.

Successful applicants to the scheme will be given either settled or pre-settled status.

However, those who do not apply may not be able to continue to live and work in the UK.

Irish citizens and people with indefinite leave to remain do not have to apply.

In a video posted online, Sturgeon told EU citizens that they will always be welcome in Scotland.

“The Scottish Government wants EU citizens who are living in Scotland to stay in Scotland,” she said.

“We don’t think you should have to apply to do that, but unfortunately, you do.

“In order to secure your status, you need to apply to the UK Government’s EU settlement scheme by Wednesday 30 June.

“You can find out how to do that by going to If you haven’t done so already, please do apply as soon as possible.”

The First Minister added: “Scotland is a better country because you are here. This is your home.

“You will always be welcome here, we really do want you to stay. So, please apply and stay with us here in your home, Scotland.”