Further advice for EU nationals

Published: Thursday 5th July 18

Dozens of Wandsworth residents attended a recent event to receive advice on their post-Brexit status, and information has been published online clarifying recent updated proposals from the Government.

A series of events have offered EU residents that live in the borough specialist advice on their rights and how they can prepare. The most recent on June 18 was the first to move from the town hall to a venue in the community - the Open Door Community Centre in Southfields.

The events are run by Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW), which has been commissioned by the council to provide a support service for the borough’s 30,000 residents who are EU Nationals.

To find out about upcoming events, fill in the contact form on the CAW website at https://cawandsworth.org/advice-eu-citizens-wandsworth/. People who are unable to attend a session can also access the presentation online at that site.

The CAB website, and the council’s information page for EU citizens, both give information on the UK Government’s recent proposals for the rights of EU citizens after Britain leaves the EU, including the creation of a new immigration status for EU citizens of ‘settled status’.

There are also details on Home Office guidance published this month on how the application process for settled and pre-settled status is likely to work.

Mary-Anne Foxwell, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Wandsworth, said: “I’m pleased so many people came along to the event. We’d like EU nationals to know our service is there for them if they need advice or support and we would invite them to keep an eye out for future events. Even if they have lived here for years, it’s important that they find out what they need to do to prepare for Brexit.”

The leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia said; “We value our many residents who are EU citizens and we know this must be a worrying time for them. That’s why we have asked Citizens Advice Wandsworth to provide this support. If you are unable to get to an event, do look at the information provided online to get answers to your questions.”

Help for EU nationals in Wandsworth includes

  • A telephone, email and drop-in service with advice available in several European languages. Visit the webpage
  • A European Passport Return Service so that European nationals living in Wandsworth can keep hold of their passports when applying to the Home Office for a registration certificate or a document certifying permanent residence.

For an overview of support available, visit at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/eusupport.

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