This Support Project has now closed
IOM France – Residency support for UK nationals living in:
Pays de la Loire
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in France provides practical support to UK nationals who may struggle to complete their residency application to secure and maintain their residency rights in France under the Withdrawal Agreement now that the UK has left the EU. Through the UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF), IOM aims to reach UK nationals in Brittany, Normandy, Ile-de-France, Pays de la Loire and Hauts-de-France through information activities and practical support. The support is specifically focused on individuals who face specific challenges, such as people living with disabilities, those grappling with chronic illness, language and literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology.
IOM France opened a temporary office in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, in April 2020. Since then, the team made up of a caseworker and a legal advisor has already given advice and support to hundreds of UK nationals on the phone, via email and in some cases through a meeting in the office. Since the opening of the online portal, the team has already helped a number of at-risk beneficiaries submit their online application face-to-face. Those receiving direct support ranged from having no computer and internet to having health issues which prevented them from leaving the house.
IOM global work in this area complements government services and provides assistance to migrants with information on their rights and access to procedures, especially for those living in more difficult circumstances. The International Organization for Migration has been working for nearly 75 years to promote humane, orderly and regular migration. This new project brings together many areas of IOM’s work which helps people to avoid ending up in an irregular or undocumented situation, including its expertise in regularization, integration, ID management, and directly assisting those who find themselves in difficult or vulnerable situations.