British Prime Minister Theresa May | Olivier Hoslet/EPA-EFE
Theresa May drops post-Brexit £65 fee for EU citizens
UK prime minister says she wants ‘no financial barrier for any EU nationals who wish to stay.’
Updated 1/21/19, 7:14 PM CET
LONDON — EU citizens registering for settled status in the U.K. after Brexit will no longer have to pay a £65 application fee, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said.
Around 3 million EU citizens living in the U.K. have been invited to apply for long-term residency status after Brexit.
Those with five years continuous residence will qualify for settled status, granting them the indefinite right to stay, while those in the U.K. for less than five years can apply for pre-settled status and accrue the rights after five years’ residence.
However, May’s government had faced criticism over compulsory fees for those applying.
In a statement to the House of Commons, May said: “Having listened to concerns from [MPs] — and organizations like the ‘The 3 Million’ group [which represents EU27 citizens in the U.K.] — I can confirm today that when we roll out the scheme in full on 30th March, the government will waive the application fee so that there is no financial barrier for any EU nationals who wish to stay.”
“And anyone who has or will apply during the pilot phase will have their fee reimbursed. More details about how this will work will be made available in due course,” she added.
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