Thanks to all of those who’ve come to visit us these past many sessions at our cafe. Since our first Buns’n’Brexit café, we have assisted around 400 people with scanning their ID and pointing them in the right direction for applying for Settled Status.
We are still being asked to host more session. So, by popular demand, we will be back to help again, this time Saturday 7th March 2020 from 11:00-16:00 at our café ScandiKitchen near Oxford Circus in London.
No booking necessary – just turn up with your ID or passport and we will held you scan with our Android/iphone devices. We will then point you in the right direction of what to do next. We’re here for you if you just want to someone to be with you through the process – because we understand it can be daunting and, frankly, rather upsetting to have to do.
Please note we are NOT a legal service and we cannot provide legal advice or advice on specific/individual cases (although we can refer you to someone who can help). We are volunteers and can help with the scanning of your ID and basic questions about using the app. We have a registered immigration advisor with us on the day, although due to the amount of people who usually turn up, it is hard to go in to details for more complicated cases – but we can refer you onto people who can.
Here’s what we can help with on the day:
- Scan your passport or ID card using our Android/iphone devices (you need to do this in order to apply to the EU/EEA Settlement Scheme if you do not wish to send it in).
- Show you the next steps after this.
- Guide you how to log on to the GOV system and fill in the online form.
Our purpose with this session is mainly to help people get the process started. So many of us have felt anxious and worried about this – so we wanted to help give a nudge and helping hand – and at the same time eat some cinnamon buns, have a chat and connect with others in our community. We’re all in this together, after all – and we DO understand how you feel.
You can find more info about the EU Settlement Scheme here.
Any EU/EEA citizen in the UK can apply if they wish to remain and work in the UK after Brexit – although there are a few exceptions to this (do read the info on the GOV website). The status you will get depends on how long you have been in the UK, although the government has assured that anyone who is living here before the UK leaves the EU will be allowed to continue to do so (with some amended rules – do see the link to the official site).
What you need to bring to get started: Your ID (passport or ID card) and your National Insurance Number. In a lot of cases, this is sufficient information. In some cases, you may be asked for supplementary information to verify your status (often proof of work/address for the past 5 years – tax records, council tax bills, bank statements etc). You can either complete this at a later date at home once you know if this is the case, or bring information along, if you so wish.
The sessions runs from 11:00-16:00 at ScandiKitchen Cafe, 61 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7PP on 7th March 2020. Any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone, whatever nationality, are welcome to pop along for a chat and helping hand. We welcome everyone.
Bye for now
The ScandiKitchen Volunteers: Eva, Tracy (Immigration Officer) & Bronte x
* Iphone IOS app for ID Check is now available on iphones 7 and later only.
Note: You may be asked to sign a note on arrival confirming you are aware that we cannot provide any specific legal advice.