IMA Call for Evidence on the EU Settlement Scheme

The Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) launched its first Call for Evidence on May 24th, 2021, and we would like to extend a warm invitation to participate in this exercise.

This Call for Evidence invites anyone with knowledge and experience of the EU Settlement Scheme to submit written evidence. Any submissions received will be extremely valuable in assisting with the IMA’s current pre-inquiry activities to identify any key areas of concern, compare these findings with those of other organisations, and help to inform our next steps.

We are keen to hear from leading academics, as individuals or as part of an institution or society, who have direct or indirect experience with the EU settlement scheme.

We would particularly like to receive information about:

• lived experiences of accessing and negotiating the application requirements – what has worked well, and what concerns or recommendations you might have
• the consistency and usefulness of advice and support received from the Home Office and/ or the Settlement Resolution Centre
• accessing digital proof of status, share codes, and managing changes to details
• undertaking the process of upgrading from Pre-settled status to Settled status

The Call for Evidence is an online questionnaire, which can be accessed by following this link. The questionnaire will also provide the option to additionally, or alternatively, submit a free text account of experiences with the EU Settlement Scheme. Further, we will provide a paper version of this form, if preferred, to anyone on request from .

The questionnaire is available in two versions: the first can be completed by citizens who have made their own applications, and the second by those who have assisted the applications of individuals or made an application on behalf of a citizen.

The Call for Evidence will be open for four weeks and will close on June 18th, 2021.

We would like to receive as much information as possible, and from as wide a demographic as possible. We will consider all responses, including those which are only partially completed. As such, we would be extremely grateful if you/ your organisation would consider all of the questions we pose, and provide a detailed response. Please do share this email with any other individuals or organisations whom you deem would be interested in submitting any information.

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For details of how we use, manage and protect any information provided, please see the Consultation Privacy Notice as published on the website. You can also view the principles for conducting consultations and calls for evidence here.

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