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The regressive immigration hoop jump

‘Settled status’ proposals for EU nationals are a step back for Europe, says Jennifer Maxwell-Harris

10 July 2017

Immigration lawyers may well be somewhat baffled by the proposals of Theresa May’s government to require EU nationals to obtain ‘settled status’ and join a special ID register.

Currently those nationals of the countries which form the European Economic Area plus Switzerland (a larger group of countries which includes the EU countries) can, on achieving five years’ residence in the UK, apply for evidence of their right to reside permanently in the UK, in the form of a permanent residence document.

For EU nationals exercising treaty rights such evidence is not necessary unless the individual wants to apply for British citizenship or to bring a family member to the UK.

According to press reports, since the Brexit decision around 150,000 EU nationals currently living in the UK have applied for a permanent residence t...

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