Make sure you are ready for Brexit, expats in Spain are urged
UK nationals who may struggle to complete their residency applications will be helped by measures announced by the UK Government
Up to £3 million is being provided for organisations who will inform UK nationals who live in EU member states including Spain about the need to register as resident and support them as they complete their applications. The Government wants to support those who may find it harder to complete all the paperwork – focusing in particular on pensioners or disabled people, those living in remote areas or with mobility difficulties, and those needing assistance with language translation or interpretation.
British Consul Charmaine Arbouin said: “The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October and we want to help UK nationals living in Spain to be fully ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances. This funding will ensure people get the support they need to protect their residency rights and access to services.”
Organisations working with people who might be affected and who might require additional support can apply for project funding from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 19 September at gov.uk/fco. The fund’s programme team, based in London, will be running a series of webinars to provide bidders with a fuller under-standing of the fund and an opportunity to ask questions on the bidding process. Interested organisa-tions can find further detail at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-million-grant-to-help-uk-nationals-in-eu-for-brexit. Organisations can also contact their nearest consulate for an initial conversation.
Individuals wanting to access support with their residency applications will be able to contact those organisations who are successful in their bid, once the funding has been awarded. Details of the providers for Spain will be published in due course. Meanwhile, UK nationals living in Spain should continue to prioritise registering as a resident by 31 October.
Advice on residency for UK nationals living in Spain can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/living-in-spain
The appeal to “be prepared” was echoed by Tim Hemmings, Deputy Head of Mission to Spain, who visited the the Canary Islands from September 10th to 12th.
He said: “ “As we approach 31 October, we want to provide as much clarity as we can for the 300,000-plus UK nationals living in Spain, including the many thousands who have made their home in the Canary Islands. There are a number of key steps British citizens need to take now if they haven’t already: register for residency, check your access to healthcare, check your passport validity and ex-change UK driving licences for a Spanish one.”