27 Nov 2019
In July, the Welsh Government announced a package of free legal advice and support to help EU citizens prepare for Brexit and continue to live and work in Wales.
Wales is home to thousands of EU citizens who enrich our
communities and contribute to our public services and economic
They are our friends, our neighbour, our work colleagues and our
family members. The impact here in Wales, in our community and our
workplaces of EU citizens leaving the UK could be quite
significant, and so we need to increase awareness of citizens'
rights and support them to remain here.
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 through the UK Government's EU
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
In July, the Welsh Government announced a package of free legal
advice and support to help EU citizens prepare for Brexit and
continue to live and work in Wales.
This package of support:
- Offers support with applications and give advice on social
welfare issues and workplace rights through the network of Citizens
Advice throughout Wales;
- Provides a free immigration advice service offering specialist
support for complex cases, delivered by immigration legal
specialists, Newfields Law;
- Increases the provision of digital support centres in Wales -
to help those without the digital means to apply for settled
- Works with a range of charities and partners across Wales to
raise awareness of the need to apply for settled status in
hard-to-reach and vulnerable communities.
The EU Settlement Scheme in Wales website provides a clear
picture of the free legal advice services being delivered in