EU Citizens who are Not Getting UK Settled Status

 

There has been a Rise in EU Citizens who are Not Getting UK Settled Status

A rise in the amount of EU citizens who are not eligible for settled status has sparked both outrage and alarm. Campaign groups are rushing to try and secure the right for people to stay in the UK as the country prepares for a possible no-deal Brexit. The settlement status scheme has been in operation since March, but a lot of people are not happy with how things are going.

 

People are being granted pre-settled status as opposed to settled status, and this is putting them in a precarious position. They do not have the guaranteed right to remain, but the cause of the jump is unknown. Some believe that applicants have pressed the wrong button when filling out their online application, and others have questioned whether the system favours those who have complex situations, so that the Home Office can avoid having to refuse applications when the country is already going through a somewhat politically sensitive period.

One example of this is Richard Bertinet, who owns a cookery school in Bath. He has written many cookbooks, some of which have gone on to win awards. He’s lived in the UK for 31 years and his three children are British. Even with his status and accomplishments, he has been denied the right to stay in the UK permanently after Brexit. He has been given pre-settlement status, and this ultimately means that he needs to apply for his right to stay in five years.

Polish chef Damian Wawrzyniak has cooked at the London Olympics and for the Royal Family, but again, has not been given full settlement status. He’s lived in the UK for 15 years.

Any EU citizen will need to go through the application scheme if they want to stay in the UK after the 30th of June, 2021. The Home Office are yet to reject anyone who has applied, and so far, they have handed either the settled status or pre-settled status to 1 million applicants.

There are 3.6 million EU citizens who currently reside in the UK, and all need to apply for settled status. This will give them the chance to stay in the country after leaving the Eu. If you can demonstrate that you have been in the country for five years, then you will be able to qualify for settled status.

If you are unable to prove this or if you have been in the country for a shorter period of time, then you will be handed pre-settlement status. You’ll need to apply again when you have accrued 5 years of residence. Immigration experts are concerned about the number of people who have been put in the wrong category for settlement status, and this could explain the sharp rise.

People who are granted the pre-settlement status have the same rights when it comes to work, study, healthcare and benefits. If you want to upgrade your status, then you need to reapply by the deadline and you also need to make sure that you do not leave the UK for a long stretch of time.

 

 

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