Immigrants: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd December 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of merits of providing physical documentation to holders of settled status as proof of their legal status.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what alternative proof of legal status the Government plans to be available to holders of settled status in the event that they lose access to their digital proof.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office is producing a new, simplified digital system for applications for settled status. Their status will be recorded electronically, and the Home Office will have a permanent record of EU citizens and their family members who are living here with settled status.

Until the end of the implementation period, EU citizens can continue to prove their right to work using their EU passport or national identity card. Third Country National family members of EU citizens will have biometric documentation in addition to an online digital status to enable them to evidence easily their status in the UK.

After that they will be able to do so via a straightforward online process which will enable them to demonstrate their rights to employers in a secure and streamlined way using real time information provided from Home Office records.

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