The European Union nationals residing in the UK can look forward to the single day immigration application that has been launched by the Home Office. These citizens are likely to forfeit the right to stay in the UK post-Brexit.
As reported by the City sources the Home Office is making a trial of these one-day applications for the immigrants for some of the selected corporate clients. The PwC that is partnering in this pilot scheme has said that the applicants and their dependents will be permitted to get their passports assessed which will be returned to them instantly.
The current situation prior to the launch of the pilot scheme required the applicants to submit their passports in person which would be held up for six months. This seriously hindered their travel for personal or professional purposes.
The trial scheme for digital check-in of passports was launched in summer last year which was applicable only for individual applicants. The latest trial scheme that has been launched permits the dependents of the applicants also to opt for the digital check in of their passports, as quoted by The Guardian.
The arduous task of filing an 85-page application form and a complex record of movement within and outside the country for the permanent residency has been disapproved by The 3 Million. It is a lobby group at the grassroots level that is pursuing the cause of rights of European Union citizens.
This lobby group has also highlighted that the residency processing systems in other nations of the European Union are highly accessible and have a lesser focus on catching hold of illegal immigrants.
It has been estimated by the 3 Million that the Home Office will require almost 47 years to process the total applications from the European Union nationals residing in the UK if it continues with its current rate of processing.
The Chief of overseas immigration at PwC Julia Onslow-Cole the legal counsel has confirmed that several of its clients are participating in the pilot scheme.
The manner in which the 3 million European Union citizens who reside in the UK would be treated by the government of UK post-Brexit is ambiguous added Ms. Onslow-Cole. The clients are quite apprehensive regarding the future of their staff and the recruitment scenario due to this ambiguity, she said.
As the date for article 50 getting operational is approaching closer, the firms are quite tensed regarding the future for the European Union staff and employees are refusing to move to the UK for work, said Onslow-Cole. In her earlier interaction with the Press, she had informed that the senior level managers are opting to move to the New York instead of London as a part of their official transfers’ overseas due to this ambiguity.
It has been informed by the Home Office that the trial scheme was a small test which was a part of the initiative aimed at modernization launched prior to the referendum.
It has been blamed that the UK government is seeking to manipulate the European Union nationals as ‘barter chips’ for the Brexit talks.
Theresa May has been urged by the House of Lords select committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights to safeguard the position of the European Union nationals residing in the UK at the commencement of the discussions on the article 50.
Though the European Union nationals were not required legally to apply for the permanent residency, it was an intelligent precautionary measure as attained rights including the right to stay in the country would vanish in thin air post-Brexit, said Onslow-Cole.