Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether and how indefinite leave to remain granted to successful applications under the current voluntary settled status application scheme for EU citizens will be converted to a status under any new scheme in place under the withdrawal agreement following its ratification; and if there is a divergence between the rights granted under the current voluntary scheme and those granted under any scheme in place following the ratification of the withdrawal agreement, what will be the effect on the rights of persons who have been granted the right to remain under the current voluntary scheme.

Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect on the applicant of a refusal of leave to remain under the current voluntary settled status application scheme for EU citizens; and whether a person who has received such a refusal will have the right to make a new application under any settled status scheme in place following the ratification of the withdrawal agreement.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The UK immigration status granted under the EU Settlement Scheme to those participating in the test phases is legally secure and does not need to be converted to another status following the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement. There will be no divergence between the rights granted under the test phases of the scheme’s implementation and those granted under the scheme following the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.

An applicant who is refused status under the scheme during the test phases can submit a new application at any point before the 30 June 2021 deadline for the scheme set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. They will also retain any right of residence they may have under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

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