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Help and advice for European citizens is still available

The deadline for most people to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status from the EU Settlement Scheme and secure their rights in the UK after Brexit was 30 June 2021. However, eligible European citizens and their family members (children included) can still apply, and Citizens Advice Wandsworth can provide free help and advice to applicants.

If you have already been granted Pre-Settled or Settled Status, please remember to update your UK Visas and Immigration account if there are any changes to your details, such as your name, your phone number, or your email address. 

Pre-Settled Status is valid for 5 years and will not be automatically upgraded to Settled Status. If you have Pre-Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme you should apply to switch to Settled Status once you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.

Public authorities such as Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS can automatically access your immigration status information. However, we advise benefits claimants to check their online profile/journal in case they need to provide any additional information.

Citizens Advice Wandsworth can help you understand your options for securing your rights in the UK, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status), upgrade from Pre-Settled to Settled Status, and to resolve other issues relating to being an EU national.

You can contact Citizens Advice Wandsworth via their website:, email:, or telephone: 0203 5592019.