The security minister Brandon Lewis threatened yesterday that EU citizens could face deportation if they fail to apply for settled status in the UK after Brexit. According to figures from the Home Office, there are an estimated three million EU citizens living in the UK, and over one million have yet to apply for settled status.
Following the announcement of Brexit, this has been the first time the government have confirmed what could happen to those who don’t apply for settled status. There is major concern particularly around older, or more vulnerable EU residents who may not be aware of the need to secure their rights after Brexit and may struggle with the application process.
What are the consequences of not applying?
In a worst-case scenario, deportation! Brandon Lewis has commented, that those don’t apply for settled status, even if they fulfil all legal conditions for a residence permit, will have no lawful status in the UK. EU citizens could also run into issues securing work or renting property as employers and landlords are required to check applicants are living legally in the UK.
When do I need to apply by?
The published deadline is December 2020.
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