23 Sep EUSS applications to be decided by Christmas
The deadline for EU nationals and their family members to apply in country under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) was 30 June 2021. New data, however, show that there are hundreds of thousands of applicants still waiting for a decision on their status applications 10 weeks after the scheme ended.
The Home Office states that anyone who submitted their applications under EUSS by 30 June 2021 will ‘have their rights protected’ until their application is decided.
Following submission of an EUSS applications, migrants should receive a ‘Certificate of Application’ (CoA) whilst awaiting for a decision and the latter can be used as evidence of their status. However, it has also been reported that it can take months for applicants to receive the COA, and as a result, some EEA migrants and their family have been let go or lost on a job offer because their applications were pending, and their (prospective) employers struggled to verify their status.
The Home Office’s August figures show that backlog is now to 450,000 suggesting the government is processing about 100,000 applications a month. This means that many EU citizens who have already submitted their applications might will receive a decision by Christmas.
On the plus side, the Home Office has confirmed that the general approach is to find a reason to grant status rather than refuse an application.
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