To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's publication The United Kingdom's Exit from the European Union: Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens Living in the UK and UK Nationals Living in the EU, published on 26 June 2017, whether EU nationals who refuse to provide biometric information will be eligible to apply for settled status in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
10 July 2017
The Government’s policy paper (Cm 9464), which was laid before Parliament on 26 June, sets out our proposals that European Union (EU) citizens who arrive in the UK before the specified date and have five years’ continuous residence in the UK will be able to apply for UK settled status.
Work is underway to assess the proposed resources and costs required to implement the new settled status scheme.
The details of the settled status scheme will be subject to negotiations and a reciprocal deal with the EU. We will publish further detail on the specifics of the new application process for settled status, including detailed eligibility criteria, in due course.