Europia update their web site (and us).

Our friends at Europia have relaunched their web site and provided the following updates this week.

Coronovirus Info in different languages
Europia have relaunched their website. There is some useful written and video information on coronavirus in different European languages. Check it out at

Simplified Referrals
They have developed a simplified referral process for anyone needing to refer someone to CABB/Europia Immigration and EUSS services. Please use the attached form and send and send it to Clients can still phone direct on 0300 330 9071.

Service Survey
Europia have just come to the end of their 1st year of funding for the EUSS project and would like to collect your views on the service they have provided up to know. They would be really grateful if you could respond to the short survey below – it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. If you could also encourage your team members to fill it in that would be fantastic – Thanks in advance

Home Office Guidance on NRPF
They have attached a copy of recent Home Office case worker guidance on NRTF which is useful. If you have anyone in this position who needs to apply to lift the NRPF restrictions to avoid destitution please get in touch via the referrals form.

Home Affairs Select Committee
Finally there was a Home Affairs select committee on Tuesday in which Colin Yeo of Free Movement, Adrian Berry of the ILPA and others did a great job in advocating for a Statutory Instrument to clarify various measures relating to immigration in the context of the effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on people subject to immigration control. Let’s hope their interventions achieve the desired affect. Watch this space for any emerging info.

Europe comes to Bury.

Europe. Remember “them”? Europia does and in unsettling times they’re busy running sessions on the European Settlement Scheme. The latest of these sessions will be at Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton. This is an open session, which we think means that no appointments are required, and it will take place on Wednesday the 12th of February 2020 between 10:00am – 12:00pm. The Bureau address is 155-163 The Rock, Bury BL9 0ND. GMWRAG was highly amused when we were asked to publicise this session to see the address suffixed with “UK”. It did occur to us that if you were going to run such sessions outside of the UK…

Agenda for this Friday’s GMWRAG meeting in Salford.

The agenda for this week’s GMWRAG meeting in Salford can now be downloaded from here.

The meeting will be hosted in Salford by their Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service on Friday the 4th of October 2019 in Committee room 3 of the Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 5DA. Doors open at 1:30pm for a 2pm start and we hope that this will enable those of you here for the day because of the a..m. GMWRAG GM UC meeting to at least be able to get a decent lunch. Details of the agenda for the UC meeting will also be coming out this afternoon barring a disaster.

Our speaker as per the post earlier today will be member Norman Beverley. Nowadays Norman is Head of Advice Service at Europia and he’ll be coming along to give us a comprehensive update on the European Settlement Scheme. 

Travel to Swinton is easy. Parking is not. We cannot overstate that parking in Swinton is hard to find; generally time-limited and may involve having to go out and move your vehicle part way through the day or meeting.

Trains to and from Swinton railway station are every 30 minutes and it’s a 12 minute walk from there to the Civic Centre. Entry to the building is along the left side of the town hall past the registry office. The 36, 37 and 38 buses will bring you right outside the town hall/civic centre but you can also get a 34., V1 or V2 to Worsley Road and then walk 10 minutes up Partington Lane.

Speaker announcement for the imminent GMWRAG meeting in Salford this Friday.

GMWRAG is pleased to announce that our speaker for our next meeting (this Friday afternoon, the 4th of October 2019) in Salford will be none other than long-standing (but mostly sitting) GMWRAG member Norman Beverley. Nowadays Norman is Head of Advice Service at Europia and he’ll be coming along to give us a comprehensive update on the European Settlement Scheme.

A full agenda will be published imminently for the afternoon meeting as well as the GMWRAG GM UC forum (for which you can read “after the next trip to Costa Coffee“) but in the meantime GMWRAG would just like to remind our members that all of us have a shady past 🙂

The Final Countdown.

We do apologise. We couldn’t resist.


Europia is pleased to announce that in partnership with Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton they will deliver support to all E.U nationals and their family members free of cost. They state they have the capacity to deal with complex immigration cases as well. Europia is also funded by the Home Office to deliver emotional support in an E.U language for victims of hate crime. They can provide professional holistic support to European Expats with multiple vulnerabilities.

Europia and Citizens Advice are holding their official launch from 1:30pm until around 3:30pm on Thursday the 29th of August 2019 at Manchester Cathedral.

There will be a short presentation and fully explain the E U Settlement Scheme and how it will impact, on European Nationals.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and networking opportunities.

This is a free event.

To register please email Norman Beverley at norman dot b at europia dot org dot uk and he will add you to the guest list. More directly you can also go via our friends at Eventbrite.