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Bristol has a long history of welcoming migrants from all parts of the world. We value the contributions of immigrants, who continue to enrich this city. As a resident of Bristol you have made a decision to call this city your home. As you work to achieve your goals, take some time to get to know this community and this city, its history and its people. It is now both your right and your responsibility to help shape the future of this city and to ensure its continued success.

Bristol is the largest city in the south west of England with a population of almost half a million people. Bristol has a lot of history which is evident throughout the city. A good way to get to know your new surroundings whilst settling into Bristol can be by exploring the city’s history. Bristol is also home to some very popular festivals and events throughout the year such as Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the Harbour Festival.

The Bristol area has a wide range of jobs to offer. The main sectors which employ large numbers of entry and second level staff are: Hospitality and Catering, Retail, Logistics (warehousing and driving), Health & Social Care and
Construction. Bristol is also known for the more specialist work sectors such as: Aerospace, Creative & Digital, Professional & Financial Services and Low Carbon industries.

We understand how moving from a different country to settle somewhere different can be daunting. This welcome pack has been developed to help you in your journey to making Bristol your new home.

Exciting opportunities await you as you begin your new life in our community, and the information within this pack will help you make the most of those opportunities.

Welcome to Bristol.
Bristol City Council

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Additional Information: The EU Settlement Scheme

Visit Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for full information and to apply.

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

If you’re an EUEEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You can also apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying – for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or already have indefinite leave to remain.