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‘Don’t miss the Euro deadline!’, warns MP

Applications for settled status must be in by June 30

17 June, 2021 — By Richard Osley

MP Tulip Siddiq meets ESCP associate professor Kamran Razmdoost

EU citizens have been urged not to ignore a deadline to apply for “settled status”, with warnings that they could lose the ability to rent a home or access free healthcare if they fail to complete the paperwork in time.

Those affected by the Brexit fallout must apply by June 30 – leaving them with just 12 days to go.

Meanwhile, it is estimated that thousands of those who have applied to the Home Office are still awaiting a decision, as the time frame begins to shorten.

The government has said it will take a pragmatic approach to those who send in the applications before the deadline, but there are fears of legal uncertainty for anybody struggling to show they have the right to remain.

Landlords, for example, could face fines if they are unable to show that they have rented properties to people who can prove settled status.

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, who was strongly against the UK’s divorce from the European Union, visited the ESCP Europe Business School in Finchley Road on Monday in a bid to publicise the deadline and the dangers of not applying.

“I’m concerned that people who have been valued members of the community for many years may not realise that they need to apply for the right to stay in the UK,” she said.

“Time is running out for potentially thousands of EU nationals who aren’t aware that they need to do this.”

Camden has one of the highest numbers of EU residents in the country.

Ms Siddiq added: “It was a pleasure to visit ESCP to help spread the message. It’s critical that all EU nationals apply for the settlement scheme.”

Borders and immigration minister Kevin Foster said this week rights would be guaranteed for residents stuck in a backlog of applications if their forms were received before the deadline.

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