The Home Office says the EU settlement scheme is working. Working for whom, exactly?
Dahaba Ali Hussen
As you may know, EU citizens currently living and working in the UK have to apply for “settled status” to retain the same rights as British citizens post-Brexit. The process of applying for settled status has been heavily criticised. Many of society’s most vulnerable have struggled to navigate the application process, while reports have circulated of third parties charging application fees even though the government scrapped the initial £65 fee.
As an EU citizen, even if you make it through the quagmire of the application process and are granted settled status, then you have to contend with the fact that the government does not give you physical proof of your new status. No card, document or even letter – only online verification through the digital database.