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If you are an EU citizen in Cornwall worried about your future in the UK please have a look at our EU citizen support leaflet (pdf).
The most important aim of this dedicated section of our website is to tell you that we’re happy you are here in Cornwall, and to make it absolutely clear that we want no part of any animosity towards you, that we’ll stand up for your rights as much as for our own – and at this point, perhaps even more – and that we’re looking for ways to help you navigate this change and cope with the sometimes alien country that we all now live in.
Settled and pre-settled status
Cornwall for Europe is not qualified to provide advice on the status you must have to be able to stay in this country beyond 31 December 2020 (or 30 June 2021 in certain circumstances). The only thing we do know is that you must apply, and that we can refer you to the right people and the right information to help you do so. Please have a look at the links below and contact us if you need help navigating any of the links.
There are many places you can turn to for specialist help, and we urge you to check out the links below to help you find them, as our current concern of course is to make sure you can stay and we’d like to help you steer clear of the Home Office’s hostile environment as much as you possibly can. We’re reaching out to Cornwall Council and are hoping to work closely with them – after all, we are the biggest pro-Europe movement in this county.
Emotional and psychological support
Not knowing whether you’re coming or going takes its toll, and the past four years have been tough for many. Even now, not everything is clear, and it is hard to keep going without a sense of security. The Existential Academy can help, please check out the link.
One of our own CfE members is setting up a “buddy” system to see if we can put together a list of EU citizens who’d like the occasional chat with a sympathetic someone outside their immediate circle of friends – Cornwall residents who’d like to do something constructive. Note that we’re not counsellors or psychiatrists, we have yet to work out how to match people, and we can’t guarantee that people will hit it off. We’re still gauging the mood on the ground, so drop us a line if you’re interested.
Our Euro Cafes were postponed by the lockdown but we will soon be starting virtual Euro Cafes.
These events are open to everyone, whether you’re an EU27 national, a pro-European UK citizen, or from somewhere else entirely. Members of Cornwall for Europe will be there to provide information, support and friendship to those who need it.
You can find details our next Euro Cafe on our Events page or on Facebook (check the Events tab).
The following list of groups, support networks and organisations are there to help you with a range of issues affecting EU27 citizens.
If you are concerned about your mental health the Existential Academy can provide support.
Free and fixed fee legal advice on EU free movement, visitors visas, business and study immigration, human rights, family immigration and children, detention, deportation and asylum.
A partnership of organisations and services committed to social justice. They are supported by Cornwall Council and run an EU settlement support scheme. Funded by the European Social Fund.
Help for EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit.
Originally set up as a Facebook support group UKCEN gives information, advice and practical support to EU citizens in the UK.
Yellow Rose (Facebook)
An initiative to send messages of friendship to EU27 citizens living in the UK.
Apply for settled status
Applying for settled status (pdf)
A useful guide from Settled on applying for settled status, including a checklist on what you should do to prove your residence. It’s well worth reading this before you apply.
Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) (UK Government website)
You’ve applied – what now?
Related newspaper articles
We’ll be posting links to relevant newspaper articles as and when we spot them. Please send in anything you’ve noticed yourself that might be relevant.
No pre-written questions and answers in this section – we invite you to send in any relevant questions, and we’ll do our best to find the answers and/or refer you to the relevant websites or organisations.
Please use the form below to get in touch. We’re here to help if we can!