More than 600,000 EU citizens have already applied to stay in the UK post-Brexit, Home Office figures reveal. But the settled status scheme for EU citizens seeking to remain has room for improvement, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI) in the UK has said. David Bolt made seven recommendations to improve the scheme, with more attention needed for vulnerable applicants and those who want to challenge a decision by the Home Office. His remarks came as the Home Office revealed the results from the first three testing phases of the settled status phone app between August 2018 and April. According to the report, of the 200,000 applications made during the scheme’s pilot phase, “zero” had resulted in a refusal. The application system for EU nationals seeking to remain in the UK was described by the former home secretary Amber Rudd as being “as easy as setting up an online account at LK Bennett”. EU citizens wishing to stay in the UK … [Read more...] about More than 600,000 EU citizens apply for UK settled status
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The disgraceful way the Windrush generation and their families have been treated by the government is a national scandal. The deportation of people who had lived in this country for decades and had clear rights to live here will go down as one of the most shameful episodes in modern British history. Families who have been here and helped shape their local communities over generations have been left feeling unwelcome. Quite rightly, there has been outrage from decent people at the government’s actions – but the mistreatment continues. After dragging its heels for months, the government’s recently announced compensation scheme, that was much awaited, doesn’t go nearly far enough. It fails to recognise the true damage to people’s lives and it requires documentation that many of those affected will struggle to provide. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and … [Read more...] about Opinion: The Windrush scandal makes me fear for the rights of EU citizens after Brexit
Rights for Britons residing in countries across the European Union and vice versa could be protected by a "separate deal" during ongoing Brexit developments, despite British Prime Minister Theresa May saying this would not be possible without a brand new EU mandate. The3million group, a grassroots organisation lobbying for the rights of EU nationals in the UK, said its lawyers had found that May's comment over the legality of negotiating a separate deal was "incorrect". May had told MPs on Tuesday that without a new mandate, the EU did not have the "legal authority" to separate the issue of citizens' rights from the Brexit deal. "This is a matter — unless it is part of the withdrawal agreement...good rights for citizens within the withdrawal agreement — for individual member states," she said. The prime minister's comments came as she dismissed a Brexit amendment tabled by fellow Conservative MP, Alberto Costas, that sought to guarantee the rights of UK and EU citizens … [Read more...] about Can a separate deal guarantee the rights of UK and EU citizens post-Brexit?
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland will step up efforts to persuade EU citizens to stay after Brexit, its First Minister will tell French lawmakers on Tuesday, amid concerns about potential workforce shortages in the largest of the United Kingdom’s three smaller nations. FILE PHOTO: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon makes a statement to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne Nicola Sturgeon, who supports Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, will tell French lawmakers that Britain’s proposals for its exit from the European Union and limitations on freedom of movement will damage Scotland’s economy more than Britain as a whole. Small business and tourism associations have warned of labour shortages already occurring for remote, low-paid work such as food processing and hospitality which are key to Scottish economic success and depend heavily on EU workers. Political tension has increased … [Read more...] about Scotland to step up efforts to keep EU citizens after Brexit,…
A Home Office video outlining how EU citizens living in the UK can apply for settled status after Brexit has been blasted for its use of “upbeat” music and images of smiling people. The video, posted by the official Home Office Twitter account on Thursday, outlines the application process for EU citizens who want to continue living in the country after December 31, 2020. It explains that the scheme will be fully open by March 30, 2019, costing adults £65 and children under the age of 16 £32.50 to apply. “Getting status under the scheme means you can continue to live, work and study in the UK as you can now,” it video says, adding: “We’re making the application process as quick and user-friendly as possible.” The video has been criticised for its tone while EU citizens have also blasted the application process, which was announced in June. Tanja Bueltmann, a history professor at Northumbria University, wrote in Twitter: “Earlier … [Read more...] about Row over ‘upbeat’ Home Office advice video for EU citizens post Brexit