EU Citizens in UK

EU citizens are in an uncertain position, being used as bargaining chips by a xenophobic Tory government.

After telling EU citizens not to apply for Permanent Residency, the Home Office sent out letters, telling EU citizens that they will have to start applying for ‘settled status’ in 2018, though a Commons select committee says the Home Office is nowhere near ready to do it. Other EU citizens are being threatened with deportation, though here legally.

No matter how long you’ve been away from your native EU member state, it is prudent to have an up to date passport.

Some EU member states allow children and grandchildren, even great grandchildren, to obtain citizenship. Others put restrictions on, so that only children registered as foreign births, can pass on nationality to their children, if born outside the EU member state.

The best way to start on this process is to check the EU member state’s embassy website. These are listed on the London page.

The 3 Million is the main campaign and support group for EU citizens living in the UK.

One Day Without Us helps all immigrants to UK and their families and puts on a national day of action

Here For Good has a free legal advisory service for EU/EEA citizens.

Your Europe Advice is an EU-wide advice service for the public.

SOLVIT steps up to the next level

ECAS is the European Citizens’ Action Service. It runs the EU Rights Clinic to help EU citizens with problems they encounter when trying to move around the EU.

All EU citizens can use asktheEU.org which is similar to the UK’s Freedom of Information (FOI) process.

ECIT Foundation European Citizens Rights Involvement and Trust Foundation, is based in Brussels.

AEHD European Association for the Defence of Human Rights

Use EU citizens as a search term to find campaigns on search engines.

Eastern European Resource Centre helps Central and Eastern Europeans, mainly in London. Barka UK helps Central and Eastern Europeans and is affiliated to the Barka Foundation in Poland.

Work Rights Centre helps EU citizens learn about rights, improve employability, fight employment discrimination and get out of badly paid, insecure jobs.

Service for EU27 citizens in Wandsworth, London
Wandworth EU27 citizen advice

Look for local organisations too. They will go up in the county listings when found eg Polska Kent

There are many anglo-EU member state friendship associations and member state cultural associations listed on the London and regional pages. These will be added to as more are found.

GOV.UK Guidance – EU Nationals What You Need To Know – updated 16.03.18

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