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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.

Euro cafes

Every few weeks, Cornwall for Europe will be organising Euro Cafés at different places in Cornwall.

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, over a cup of tea or coffee.

You can find details our next Euro Cafe on our Events page or on Facebook (check the Events tab).

Organisations

The following list of groups, support networks and organisations are there to help you with a range of issues affecting EU27 citizens.

The 3 Million
Standing up for EU citizens in the UK and campaigning to have their legal status guaranteed in legislation.

Existential Academy
If you are concerned about your mental health the Existential Academy can provide support.

Free Movement
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.

Here For Good
Free post-Brexit immigration advice. They have produced an interactive guide providing free and up-to-date UK immigration advice for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families.

Inclusion Cornwall
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.

In Limbo
In Limbo is a project of testimonies from EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU. It provides a safe and supportive environment through its Facebook group.

Settled
Help for EU citizens to stay in the UK after Brexit.

UKCEN
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?

Settled have produced a guide on what you should do next, including how to prove your settled status to employers, landlords etc. You can download it here. (pdf)

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.

FAQs

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.

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