Immigration: EU Nationals

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

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Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing exemptions from the requirement to apply for the settled status scheme for non-UK EU citizens who are of pensionable age and have lived in the UK for more than five years.

Photo of Deidre Brock Deidre Brock Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Devolved Government Relations), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment and Rural Affairs), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing exemptions to the requirement to apply for the settled status scheme for non-UK EU citizens who are spouses of UK citizens.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

We have considered carefully the introduction of the EU Settlement Scheme and its implications for EU citizens and their family members.

Exempting any cohort of EU citizen from the requirement to apply to the scheme could leave them at a disadvantage because they may be unable to demonstrate their entitlements to employment, benefits and services in the same way that other EU citizens who had applied to the scheme would be able to.

We are clear that we want all resident EU citizens to stay and have de-signed the EU Settlement Scheme to make the application process as simple and easy as possible for all cohorts of applicants.

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