The Home Office issued a formal statement on the status of EU immigrants after Brexita and a two-year transitional period. The status of an immigrant can be applied within 2 years of the UK leaving the EU, and the applications are not to be rejected for minor mistakes or inaccuracies.
“Today, the government has provided further details on how the new immigration system works for the citizens of the European Union and their families after leaving the United Kingdom.” In a technical document sent to the European Commission in the negotiations, the government reiterated that the new system would be streamlined and cheap. for the user, and that it will be consulted in the course of its creation with the citizens of the Union.
Citizens of the European Union applying for a residence permit in the United Kingdom after Brexita will have plenty of time, as much as two years after leaving the community, to become a resident. Applications from individuals seeking to remain in the Brexite Islands will not be rejected due to minor technical details, and officials seeking applications will, where appropriate, act with complete discretion. The new system will minimize the number of documents required and no fingerprints will be collected from EU citizens as part of the application process.
Decisions will only be made on the basis of the criteria set forth in the Exit Arrangement, and no decisions on refusal will be covered by confidentiality. In the case of rejected applications, citizens of the Union will have a statutory right to appeal in accordance with their current rights under the Freedom of Movement Act.
The Prime Minister made clear that protecting the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and British nationals living in Europe is a top priority in the negotiations, and last month the Prime Minister stated that the agreement was at hand.
Negotiations between the UK and the European Union are ongoing and next talks will take place this week on 9 and 10 November. We will keep you updated on progress.
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