EU citizens applying for ‘settled status’ won’t be issued with an ID card
EU citizens already in the UK also won’t need to be fingerprinted or meet a minimum income threshold.
EU citizens living in the UK and applying for ‘settled status’ will not be issued with an ID card or have to submit their fingerprints. They will also not need to prove they have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) if they are not working. And those working will not be required to meet a minimum income threshold. This was confirmed by the3million, a campaign group for protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
In a statement emailed to members, the3million said it had met with senior officials in the Home Office to clarify the criteria for EU citizens applying for ‘settled status’. Here’s the key points in the statement:
“The Home Office has confirmed in accordance with the Policy Paper (of 26th June 2017) and subsequent negotiations with the Commission on Citizens’ Rights its position that EU citizens:
- Will not have to prove CSI
- Will not have to meet an income threshold
- Will not have to submit finger prints
- Will not be issued with an ID card
The Home Office has repeated that they are focusing on designing a completely new system that will easily allow EU citizens currently living in the UK to obtain documentation.”
the3million confirmed the news in a tweet:
— the3million (@The3Million) 25 September 2017
The Home Office published a position paper on safeguarding citizens’ rights in June (not the recently leaked one). In it, the government said EU citizens living in the UK for five years or more would need to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain post-Brexit. EU citizens who arrive before the UK’s withdrawal but have not yet built up five years worth of residency will have the opportunity to do so during a ‘grace period’. They will then be able to apply for ‘settled status’. The paper also said that those who had previously applied for permanent residency as an EU citizen would need to apply under the new process. However, the Home Office have yet to confirm how much it will cost to apply for the new status.
Citizens’ rights is one of three key withdrawal issues the EU wants to see “sufficient progress” made before Brexit talks can move to a transition or future partnership deal. And although some progress has been made on citizens’ rights, there are still a lot of areas of difference.
At her speech in Florence on Friday, the prime minister appeared to add to the government’s position on citizens’ rights when she said: “There will be no change for EU citizens already lawfully resident in the UK”. We should find out whether that’s exactly what she meant when UK negotiators translate her speech into the UK’s latest negotiating position on citizens’ rights this week. The European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt reminded her of this in the following tweet:
In Florence, PM May said EU nationals in UK wouldn’t lose any existing rights. This week it’s time to deliver. https://t.co/43l5pEP99Y
— Guy Verhofstadt (@GuyVerhofstadt) 25 September 2017
What about EU citizens arriving post-Brexit?
The government have yet to clarify its policy for EU citizens looking to live in the UK post-Brexit. In Florence, the prime minister confirmed the government is seeking a transition period whereby EU citizens can still arrive in the UK without a visa. However, they will be required to register with the relevant authorities. There has been little detail beyond this statement but a leaked Home Office paper suggest it is considering a number of proposals to discourage EU citizens coming to the UK post-Brexit. One proposal including a requirement for EU citizens needing to submit to a criminality check and show proof of employment, study status or self-sufficiency. They would also need to apply for a resident permit, which would be limited for two years for low-skilled workers.