EU Nationals: Wales

Wales Office written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on what steps she will take in relation to EU citizens in Wales who have not been granted the right to remain in the UK by the end of June 2021.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

I discuss a range of issues with my Cabinet colleagues including EU Exit.

The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully open since 30 March 2019. EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members have until 30 June 2021 to apply. The EU Settlement Scheme is a free Scheme which enables EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after it leaves the EU. The Government has always been clear that we will take a pragmatic approach and, in line with the Withdrawal Agreement, allow those with reasonable grounds for missing the deadline a reasonable further opportunity to apply. EU citizens will not automatically be deported if they fail to sign up to the settled status scheme by the 30 June 2021 deadline.

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