The communication details the "immense pride" that Mr Javid takes regarding European Nationals making their homes in the UK, and stresses that appropriate support and assistance will be provided to all European Union (EU) migrants as and however needed.
However, it would be anticipated that despite the platitudes and assurances in the announcement regarding the new proposed process most migrants would already be quickly clicking to the "what the system will look like" link, to ascertain the precise detail.
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Similarly, derivative rights of non EU family members' residence and settlement will continue along previous lines.
The Home Office is extolling the fact that the proposed new system will be faster and easier, and significantly less bureaucratic to use than the present one. Present evidential burdens in respect of working and residency, such as provision of original P60s and bank statements, may be eased by way of acceptance of scanned documents or enquiries being made by the Home Office of HM Revenue & Customs direct.
There is even an assurance that if any mistake is made in the application the Home Office will contact the migrant before making a decision, to allow the error to be corrected. For those familiar with dealing with Home Office bureaucracy this will be a refreshing change, if implemented as proposed, although there will no doubt be some scepticism in this regard.
The Home Office announcement may go some way to alleviate the prior concerns of UK resident EU Nationals and is now being used by the Government to make EU member states show their own cards in respect of the reciprocal arrangements they will be put in place. However, please spare a thought for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland whose settlement status is still the subject of ongoing negotiation.