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UK minister: EU nationals without settled status could be deported
Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis says ‘existing immigration rules’ would be applied to EU citizens without settled status.
Updated 10/10/19, 3:42 PM CET
The U.K. may deport EU citizens who have not registered in its settlement scheme by the end of next year, a government minister said Thursday.
Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis told German newspaper Die Welt that EU nationals who have not applied to formalize their status will be subject to “the existing immigration rules.”
Asked in an interview whether they could face deportation, Lewis said: “Theoretically, yes.”
The government launched its settlement scheme at the end of March to register EU citizens already resident in the U.K. and formalize their right to work and access public services. All EU nationals who arrive in the U.K. before Brexit day are eligible to apply and must do so by December 31, 2020 if the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal or by June 30, 2021 if there’s a deal.
“If EU citizens have not registered by this point in time and do not have an appropriate justification for that, the current immigration rules will be applied,” Lewis told Die Welt. He added that the settled status process had been launched to prevent EU citizens from “getting caught up in such a situation.”
EU nationals who have not applied to formalize their status will be subject to “the existing immigration rules,”