ON DEMAND: Roundtable on Resisting the Digital Hostile Environment

Roundtable on resisting the Digital Hostile Environment: 30 July 11 AM-1 PM The government has ambitious plans to digitalise the entire immigration system; starting with EU citizens, whose settled or pre-settled status will be verifiable only through digital means, exposing them immediately to data protection and discrimination risks. This is the beginning of introducing a…

4. What are the problems for people with pending applications?

As of June 30th 2021 the backlog of pending applications under the EUSS had grown to almost 570,000.   The Home Office has assured us that EEA+ citizens who applied before the deadline will have their rights protected and can use their “Certificate of Application” as evidence of a continuation of such rights.    But EEA+ citizens with pending applications are in a state of legal limbo and feel a great…

3. What’s wrong with the 28-day written notice?

The Government has outlined that if an EEA+ citizen without status is encountered by Immigration Enforcement they will be issued a written notice to apply to the EUSS within 28 days during which no enforcement action will be taken.   It is far more likely that landlords, employers and other public services will be tasked with understanding and following this new guidance, increasing the likelihood of unlawful decision making…

1. What are the problems for people who missed the June 30 deadline?

The way the Government designed the EUSS means that EU citizens and non-EU family members (EEA+ citizens) who missed the deadline automatically fell out of status and rights and became undocumented migrants overnight.   Estimations suggest this could be tens or even hundreds of thousands of people.  We know that it is the most marginalised – older…

2. What’s wrong with the guidance on late applications?

The Government has stated that they will take a ‘flexible and pragmatic’ approach towards late applications, but this will not protect people’s rights.  The guidance states that this flexible approach will ‘normally’ but not ‘always’ be applied and will become stricter with time.  Most concerningly, even where the guidance provides a route back to status, this is not a solution to subjecting EEA+ citizens to…