Advice for EU Citizens Living in Wandsworth

In partnership with Wandsworth Borough Council, Citizens Advice Wandsworth has established an advice service for EU Citizens living in Wandsworth. Download the service leaflet.

The leaflet is also available in Polish EU Dzial Doradztwa and in Bulgarian Консултации за граждани от ЕС.

If you have an enquiry, please complete our contact form by clicking here

If you would like to sign up to receive e-mail alerts about EU Nationals rights, please click here.

The government have announced their intention to offer EU nationals a settlement scheme based on residence in the UK. You can find more details about this offer here. Our updated presentation about the rights of EU nationals after Brexit is available here.

If you are an EU citizen living in the UK, it is important to note that your rights have not changed. Some laws will change in the future – but not immediately. Everything will stay the same until new laws are made. Please visit the Department for Exiting the European Union web site for the latest Brexit developments.

What is the government intending to offer EU citizens?

EU citizens living in the UK after we leave the EU

If you already have indefinite leave to remain, or you are an Irish citizen, you won’t have to do anything. Other EU citizens and family members will need to make an application to the new EU settlement scheme. Full details of the scheme haven’t been approved yet, and you cannot apply now. If you have been in the UK for five years you will be able to apply for settled status. If not, but you came to the UK before 31 December 2020, you’ll be able to apply for ‘pre-settled’ status.

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Status of EU citizens in the UK: what you need to know

The government regularly publishes information about the status of European Union citizens, and their families, living in the UK as the negotiations to leave the EU progress.

Click here to sign-up for email alerts to receive the latest information about the negotiations progress and the next steps for EU nationals in the UK.

There will be an application process for UK immigration status through the EU settlement scheme. You don’t need to apply if you are an Irish citizen or you have indefinite leave to remain. Otherwise, you will need to apply by 30 June 2021. The scheme is not yet open and for now, your rights remain exactly the same.

Contact Us

To get in touch with us, you can fill in the contact form  or call our Advice Line. For details of all our services, click here.

You may also find the following to on-line information useful. It is important to stress that despite the Brexit referendum result, your rights have not changed. Some laws will change in the future – but not immediately. Everything will stay the same until new laws are made. Please visit the Department for Exiting the European Union web site for the latest Brexit developments.

If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, your rights to live, work or get benefits won’t change unless the government passes new laws. If you’re a UK citizen living in the EU or travelling to the EU, your rights won’t change yet either.

Further Information

You don’t need to take any action now. Changes to the law will be announced before they happen, so you’ll have time to prepare if you’re affected.

If you think you’ve been discriminated against since the referendum, for example if you’ve been unfairly refused work or housing, or told your rights have changed, you should contact us for advice. If you think you have been subjected to hate crime – violence or hostility because of who you are, please contact us or see the Council’s web site.

Claiming benefits as an EEA national

Immigration control and EEA nationals

Wandsworth Council offers services for EU citizens living in the borough who are applying for Citizenship, Indefinite Leave to Remain, Permanent Residence etc, including the European Passport Return Service. This is helpful to applicants for permanent residence as it allows them to keep their passports while their application is being processed. For the full range of Nationality and Citizenship services click here.