EU Settlement Scheme

Whatever happens, our European residents and their families will continue to be valued members of our community who we hope will continue to call Cornwall their home.

Regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Government has guaranteed the rights and status of our European residents, and laid secondary legislation to come into force on exit day to implement that – including that to underpin continued access to domestic healthcare, education, and the continued recognition of professional qualifications.

The rights and status of currently resident EU citizens and their family members living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU will remain the same as now on exit day. You will therefore continue to have a right to stay and access public services after 31 October. This includes access to public fundssocial housing and homelessness supportbenefits and pensions, and free NHS care. There will also be no changes to your right to rent or right to work, nor any changes to how you may need to prove that right – meaning that you are not required to prove your status under the EU Settlement Scheme until 2021.

Whilst there should be no immediate change for our European residents on exit day, you may need to take steps to continue to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020. The EU Settlement Scheme provides a means to obtain a UK immigration status for this purpose, as detailed in the section above on this page. The deadline for applications will be 31 December 2020

A toolkit of briefings, posters, videos and leaflets are available for you to support advertise the scheme to your organisation or community.

More information can be found on the EU Settlement Scheme section on this page – including details of our ID scanning service, and support available through Inclusion Cornwall.

EU Settlement Scheme – support is here (see below)

NEW Citizens Advice Cornwall Project to support EU Citizens Living in the UK

Get in touch –

Call on 03333 440061 or text ADVICE EUSS to 78866

EUSS Referral form CAB Cornwall

EUSS information CAB Cornwall

Citizens Advice Cornwall have important information that may affect any EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their (non-)EU family members who may work, reside, study or use services within your organisation.

You may be aware that as a result of Brexit, such nationals need to apply for settled or pre-settled status in order to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

In order to secure their residency status, they need to have been resident in the UK on/by 31 December 2020 and must submit their application to the Home Office EU Settlement scheme (EUSS).

Without obtaining settled or pre-settled status, they might not be able to work, study or live in the UK or have access to NHS treatment, benefits and other services after 30 June 2021.

Citizens Advice Cornwall has a dedicated EU Settlement scheme team to help anyone who may find it difficult to apply independently or simply needs some advice. Our services are free of charge.

Should you have any further EU Settlement scheme related questions, please send us an email to, call us on 03333 440061 or text ADVICE EUSS to 78866 and we will call you back.

Cornwall’s EU residents are being offered extra support to apply for settled status.

European citizens living in Cornwall who don’t hold British citizenship may need to apply for settled or pre-settled status to continue living and working in the UK from 2021.

The Council is offering a service to help scan ID documents for those who need it and do not wish to post their documents. It is also working with Inclusion Cornwall to offer support to applicants to the scheme.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German said: “We have made it clear that our European residents make a huge contribution to our communities and industries, and are proud that many of them have made Cornwall their home.

“I encourage anyone who needs to apply to submit your application, and to turn to us if you need support.

“Our European residents are our families, neighbours and friends. We want to do all we can to make sure that they can continue to live and work here after 2020.  We can’t change the Government’s scheme – but we can do our bit to make applications easier.”

Inclusion Cornwall can provide practical support to people who need help to complete their applications, including directing applicants to IT support or help for complex applications, as well as providing support for wider issues.

Inclusion Cornwall manager Andrea Gilbert said: “This type of support is extremely important for European citizens who need support to continue living and working here.

“We want to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are being supported with the help they need.

“Working with partners, we will do our best to make sure people are aware of decisions and arrangements that may affect them, as well as advice and support resources.”

If you, or someone you know, is having difficulties applying for settled status, please contact Inclusion Cornwall on 01872 326440 or by email at

Anyone who needs help completing an EU Settlement Scheme application can get support with the ID verification part of the process through the Council’s EU Settlement Scheme ID scanning service.  Some I phones can now be  used

To book an appointment please contact Cornwall Registration Service on 0300 1234 181, between 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday for an appointment at Truro Registration Office, Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY.

Applications to register for settled status are open until June 30, 2021, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal. In a no deal scenario, there wi l be an earlier deadline of December 31, 2020.

Useful Information

  • Status,  under the EU Settlement Scheme,  cannot be used as evidence for right to claim benefit as it is not secure. Applicants can continue to rely on their passport or ID card as evidence of their lawful residence in the UK, however, some may wish to rely on their status under the Scheme.  Where this is the case, there is an existing referral process, whereby EUSS letters can be verified by the Home Office. Communications on the EU Settlement Scheme and arrangements for confirming status has been issued to all JCP offices.
  • At the end of September, the Home Office will launch a new online service, which will allow checking organisations to verify status under the Scheme in real time, where the applicant chooses to share that information.  A ‘how to’ guide on using this online service has been developed and will be shared with HCLG to disseminate to local authorities shortly.

For Government Information Click Here

NCVO information Click Here

In case useful to share through sector networks, I just noticed this NCVO no deal guidance recently published:

And more Caseworker Guidance

Bristol Law Society supports our customers across Cornwall please Click Here

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Helpful Document

IOM publication

Press Release from Cornwall Council