Some EU citizens who fail to prove that they have applied for residence in Britain even though they settled in the UK prior to the Brexit transition period risk losing their jobs, homes and access to other public services.
According to Politico, UK authorities are being accused of breaching Brexit rules by failing to quickly issue vital papers to EU citizens that they need in order to protect their rights, TheSchengen.com reports.
The withdrawal agreement reached by the UK and EU authorities stressed that “a certificate of application for residence status will be issued immediately”.
The matter is expected to be discussed during the meeting of the EU-UK ad hoc committee on citizens’ rights on Monday.
According to Politico, the UK Home Office is working through many applications submitted on paper, which usually take longer than online applications to be resolved.
The department stressed the need to verify the identities of the applicants before issuing the application certificates to them. However, 3million lobby group’s director of policy, Luke Piper, said the organization has been providing assistance to applicants who have been waiting for certification since before the summer.
“They say they need to confirm the identity of people before sending the certificate, but that’s not what the agreement says. In this regard, Piper noted, it’s a clear violation of the agreement.
As the UK is no longer part of the European Union and the transition period has ended, citizens of both regions are subject to new rules.
Since 1 October, all European citizens, including citizens of Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, are required to present their passports when planning to enter the UK. However, there have been some exceptions applied in this regard.
Some EU citizens who have applied for the EUS Scheme (EUSS) have previously encountered difficulties after the late application of such a scheme. However, the Home Office said it would continue to support people who want to continue to stay in Britain. In addition, the office stressed that all citizens of EU countries, along with their family members who applied late for EUSS, will have their rights provisionally.
On the other hand, the UK Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee has sent a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel regarding the new travel rules that will apply to Britons when traveling to EU countries from this year.
The letter also raised the issue of EU regulations – the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and the Entry/Exit System (EES) which is expected to come into operation this year and will also affect British travelers.