The UK Home Office said all EU citizens and their family members who apply late to the EUS Scheme (EUSS) will have their rights temporarily protected, stressing that the office continues to support people who wish to continue. to stay in Britain.
The deadline to apply for the EU settlement scheme was June 30, while the Home Office previously confirmed that up to six million applications had been submitted for such a scheme, TheSchengen.com reports.
EUSS allows all citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland to continue to live in the United Kingdom after the latter is no longer part of the European Union.
Although the number of applications from people who applied late is less than the number of applications before the deadline, the UK government has pledged to protect the rights of applicants until their application and any appeal are decided.
In addition, the same protection will be granted to joined family members, who will receive temporary protection for three months after arriving in the UK and pending the outcome of the EU Settlement Scheme application submitted during that period (and any appeal).
In this regard, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said, “Thousands of people are being granted status through the very successful European Settlement Scheme. We have worked hard to ensure that the vast majority of people have applied before the June 30 deadline and we are now We support those who apply late.”
“Granting temporary protection to people who apply late to the program and join family members shows our continued support to ensure that every eligible person is given the status they deserve,” Foster noted.
The UK authorities have notified the European Commission and are working to implement such an approach in order to make this process more visible to EU citizens.
The head of politics and advocacy for the 3million campaign group, Luke Piper, welcomed the government’s latest announcement; However, he stressed that the government could do more.
We have constantly asked the country’s government to protect those who submit late applications to EUSS. Today, the government appears to be making changes to make this happen. This is good news; However, more needs to be done in order to reach citizens and encourage them to apply. Applicants also need to ensure that the rights are outdated, so that they are not penalized for prior periods of illegality,” Piper noted.
However, despite the Home Office’s pledge that EU citizens who can prove they have applied for settled status by June 30, under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, their rights will be protected, concerns have been raised that they will be threatened with deportation.
These developments were considered incompatible with the Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union.