Towards Brexit, UK Home Secretary updated EU citizens living in the UK with the prospect of the online system meant to allow them to easily apply for a “settled status” (the letter attached).
A “settled status” grants the right of the EU citizen to continue to live and work in the UK and be eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools; public funds and pensions; and the ability to apply for a British citizenship if meeting the requirements.
According to the Home Secretary’s update letter, the online application process is “designed to be simple”. The UK government will seek for employment and benefits records that they already hold in order to minimize the proof burden of the applicants. “We hope therefore most people will not need to do anything beyond typing in personal details”, they write.
It is also stressed that mistakes made on applications would not automatically result in rejection. The Home Office declared that it will contact the applicants making a decision to allow applicants to correct errors.
The scheme will open fully by March 2019. The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.