Support for Ministers Assisting EU Nationals in their Congregations and Communities

There are over 3.5 million EU nationals who call the UK their home. In order for EU citizens to stay in the UK they have to apply for Settled Status by 30 June 2021.

There has been some concern from campaigners that it may be more difficult for some vulnerable EU citizens to apply for this scheme: people may not realise they need to apply, or may lack the necessary documentation. The process is also online, which can be a barrier for some people.

Together with our partners in the Joint Public Issues Team (Church of Scotland, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches) we’ve produced a booklet aimed at parish ministers, local church leaders and those who work in the community which signposts some of the available support and outlines the process of application, including information about who in your community or congregation might need support.


The following resources are available online

Helping someone to apply for EU Settled Status – A Church Leader’s Guide

The Scottish Government has an additional range of advice and supporters for EU citizens based in Scotland. You should also look at the supplement –

Extra Information for those based in Scotland

What Does Brexit Preparedness Look Like for the EU Settlement Scheme?

Browse various resources to see what you can do to help



Article updated 26th January 2021

For further information contact David Bradwell, Faith Impact Forum