Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support the Government plans to provide to NHS workers applying for EU settled status.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The application process is a streamlined and user-friendly online process which draws on existing government data to minimise any administrative burden on individuals.

We are working with a range of partners to ensure that EU citizens have the information and support they need. This includes partners in the health and social care sector. Staff from this sector were involved in the two private betas phases.

As the Prime Minister announced on 21 January, having listened to concerns from parliamentarians, campaign groups and the public, the Government will not charge an application fee so that there is no financial barrier for any EU citizens and their non-EU family members who wish to stay.

We are committed to supporting EU citizens to obtain UK immigration status and we will continue to engage with representative groups to ensure that user needs are taken into account.

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