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Support for UK nationals in the Canaries to secure their residency rights 

Three organisations in Spain are being funded by the UK Government to provide practical support to at-risk UK nationals and their family members to complete their residency applications in Spain and secure their rights under the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.

One of these, Age in Spain, is already helping UK Nationals in the Balearics and Catalonia and has now received additional funding to extend its support to UK Nationals in the Canaries, who need additional help to complete the paperwork required for residency applications. This may include pensioners, people with disabilities, those living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties, and those who require help with language translation or interpretation.

Consul Charmaine Arbouin welcomed this additional support: “Supporting UK nationals is one of our highest priorities and the assistance available through this fund builds on the support we already provide through our consulates in Tenerife and Las Palmas. We are delighted that Age in Spain will be able to help the most vulnerable UK nationals get the support they need to protect their residency rights and continue to live safely here in the Canaries.”

Helen Weir of Age in Spain said: “This is a free and confidential information service available to all UK nationals, with additional one-to-one support for people who need help to resolve their residency questions. It might be you, it might be your neighbour, or a friend who cannot manage the process unaided. Thanks to the UK Government’s support we are extending this service to the Canary Islands, where we know there are many people who need our help, so get in touch!”

The services available for people who need this additional support include:

·       answering questions about residency applications, such as the documents required and application procedure

·       guiding individuals through the process, if necessary

·       supporting people facing language barriers or difficulty accessing technology

This project is funded by the UK Government as part of the UK National Support Fund (UKNSF), which has made available a total of £3 million for charities and organisations to provide practical support for UK nationals living in the EU. Residents in countries including Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy and Poland will also benefit.   

If you or someone you know in the Canaries is having difficulties completing their residency paperwork, you can contact Age in Spain using the details below to discuss how they may be able to help you.

Visit the Age in Spain website

Email: residency@ageinspain.org

Age in Spain contact form

Helpline: +34 932 20 97 41 available Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm

Further information for UK nationals on residency is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/residency-requirements-in-spain

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