There are currently around 80,000 EU citizens that currently live, work and study in Wales and many have not yet applied to the UK government’s Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after Brexit.
The scheme has been open fully since March 2019. EU citizens and their families who have been continuously resident in the UK for five years until the end of 31 December 2020 may apply for settled status. They will continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis as they do now. Those who have not been continuously resident for under five years will be eligible for pre-settled status. They will also be able to work, study and access benefits and services on the same basis as now.
The Welsh Labour Government has funded a package of support measures, aimed to ensure everyone who needs to apply for Settled Status gets the help they need. This support is as follows:
- Citizens Advice Cymru: Citizens Advice Cymru provides an information, guidance, and advice service to assist clients with simple EU settled status applications. It can also provide advice on social welfare issues and workplace rights. Referrals to other services will be suggested where clients would benefit from further assistance in complex issues. Find out more
- TGP Cymru: Advice and application support for European Roma citizens to stay in Wales when the UK leaves the European Union. Find out more Find out more
- Settled: Settled is a new charity working to guide, inform and assist vulnerable and hard to reach EU citizens and help them keep their right to live and work in the United Kingdom after leaves the European Union. The Settled website offers interactive support and guidance, and direct EU citizens to bespoke information. Find out more
- Newport Mind: Newport Mind provide an advice and support service across Wales in partnership with a number of local Mind offices (Cardiff Mind, Swansea Mind, Mind Pembrokeshire, and North East Wales Mind). It supports vulnerable adults with mental health issues, victims of domestic abuse and the elderly to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Find out more
- Newfields Law: Regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, Newfields Law is a specialist immigration firm based in Wales that has qualified advisors able to assist with all aspects of the EU Settlement Scheme and any related complex or legal immigration matters. Find out more
- Royal Association for Deaf people: This organisation works with deaf people, particularly those deaf from birth or an early age who use sign language to communicate. A webpage and appointment service is now live for deaf EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members to access support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Find out more
- Rights of Women: A telephone advice line which provides legal advice and assistance to women who are vulnerable due to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) to enable them to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.Find out more