Stirling MP Alyn Smith is encouraging EU and EEA nationals in the local area to apply for settled status so that they can remain permanently in the UK.
Mr Smith’s call comes after the latest figures from the House of Commons Library show that a third of EU citizens in Scotland have not yet applied under the scheme.
The deadline for applying for settled status is June next year.
Commenting, Mr Smith said:
“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.
“In stark contrast to this approach from Westminster, the Scottish Government has been clear that we want EU citizens to stay here – this is your home and you are not just welcome here, but you’re a part of the fabric of our society.”
HoC Library Briefing: