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A Belfast-based charity has launched an urgent appeal for donations to help support some of the most vulnerable people in the city during the Covid-19 pandemic. Homeplus NI provide a daily drop-in and advice centre in Belfast for vulnerable refugees. They have set up a crisis fund to help refugees at this time. For more information, click on the link below: https://viewdigital.org/covid-19-pandemic-urgent-appeal-for-funding-to-help-some-of-the-most-vulnerable-people-in-belfast/
Applying for EU Settled Status
The UK’s decision to leave the European Union means that all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in Northern Ireland must now apply to have their legal status confirmed. They must apply for a new EU immigration status – ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status – in order to protect their right to continue to live, work, study or access the NHS or other services in the UK. This requirement applies to all the 88,000 (approx.) EU nationals living in NI, (unless they have already applied for British or Irish citizenship) no matter how long they have lived here. The deadline for applying is June 30, 2021, or December 31, 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The application for settled status is made online and the process of applying is relatively straightforward.
Information on this is available on the Home Office website here:
Read our press release here
In the past EMBRACE listed English language classes on this site. We are delighted that there is now a dedicated ESOLNI multilingual regional website for people looking for a suitable course. It is important that church classes are on the new site. So please get in touch with regional co-ordinator, Ligia Parizzi, (LParizzi@belfastmet.ac.uk) to set up a member profile