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Immigration Minister probed on citizens' rights and EU Settlement Scheme

16 July 2019

The EU Justice Sub-Committee continues its follow-up inquiry into citizens' rights after Brexit by hearing from the Immigration Minister

Background

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can apply via the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK post-Brexit. The Committee has been monitoring, and raising concerns about, the implementation of the scheme for a number of months as part of its consideration of citizens' rights after Brexit.

The Committee has heard that applicants and potential applicants are concerned that, if and when they are granted 'settled status', they will not be given any physical document to prove their status. This has raised fears that people may be denied access to services or employment opportunities that they are legally entitled to. Given the online platform being used for applications, there are also concerns about whether some people will be unable to apply because they lack the necessary skills (or access to technology), and the Committee want to explore the extent of support available to those who need help.

Witnesses

Tuesday 16 July in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 1.00pm

  • Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, Home Office
  • Simon Bond, Director for EU Exit Immigration Strategy

Possible questions may include:

  • The number of people whose applications are unsuccessful, and the reasons for their applications being rejected.
  • The ability of people to appeal against a decision not to award 'settled status'.
  • Whether information being provided by applicants is being used in immigration enforcement.
  • Whether, in a 'no deal' Brexit, the Government would still be able to access the data it needs from the EU to make an informed decision about someone's eligibility for the scheme. 
     

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