Oxford City Council signposts support for EU citizens to get ready for Brexit

Published: Tuesday, 8th October 2019

EU citizens looking for information and support to get ready for Brexit can check Oxford City Council’s website for how to get help.

Approximately 13% of Oxford’s population originates from the EU. With the Brexit deadline getting nearer, the City Council has published information to help European citizens get ready for Brexit.

Application deadlines

EU citizens have until December 2020 to register for settled status if the UK leaves without a deal, but are encouraged to look at what they neHed to do well before the deadline. If there is a deal residents will have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

Support available 

For most EU citizens the application will be simple to complete, but additional support is available for people who need it.

Applicants need to be able to scan documents on an Android device and complete the application online. Oxford City Council’s Customer Services unit can scan to an Android device and provide computer access.

Asylum Welcome has a targeted programme, Europa Welcome, to help EU citizens who cannot make the application by themselves, for example because they struggle with technology, language barriers or health problems. Some individuals or families with more than one citizenship may also benefit from their support.

“Oxford is proud to be an open and welcoming city, a City of Sanctuary. Our European and overseas citizens are our family, colleagues and friends. The uncertainties around Brexit have caused a huge amount of worry, confusion and hurt for many of you.

"We want to make sure you all feel supported through these challenging times. We are offering practical support where we can through our own services and with partners. I encourage you all to find out about your rights as EU citizens to live and work in the UK and to make the application for settled status.

"Whether we have lived here for decades or just arrived, this is our city. We work, live, laugh and cry alongside each other and make Oxford what it is, irrespective of how Brexit unfolds.”

Migrant Champion, Councillor Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini