Home Office trials new system to speed up EU residency

Home Office have launched the online registration programme to cope with the thousands of EU migrants applying for permanent residency status after Brexit. Under the system, which is being trialed for the next two weeks, European citizens who have never previously declared they are living in Britain will be able to log on and bid to stay.

The revelations come after officials reported a surge in residency applications from EU migrants in light of Britain’s decision to quit the 28-nation bloc. There are currently an estimated 3.5 million EU nationals living in Britain although the true number is not known because – unlike countries like Germany – the UK does not require them to document their arrival.

As a result the new registration system will work as a useful audit for the Government on the true number of European citizens living and working in the UK ahead of crunch Brexit talks with other member states. The pilot programme, uncovered by the Financial Times, is being tested in secret by a group of about 20 corporate clients ahead of a public launch expected later this year. It will help the Home Office cope with an expected huge surge in the number of permanent residence applications from EU citizens, which stood at just over 25,000 a year before the Brexit vote.

Most of those are applications seeking residence rights for non-EU spouses or children to be allowed leave to live in the UK full time. The pilot programme, uncovered by the Financial Times, is being tested in secret by a group of about 20 corporate clients ahead of a public launch expected later this year. It will help the Home Office cope with an expected huge surge in the number of permanent residence applications from EU citizens, which stood at just over 25,000 a year before the Brexit vote.

Please give us a call on 020 3695 4626 if you require any assistance regarding your stay in the UK as an EU Migrant.

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