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EU Settlement Scheme trial opened today

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The Independent

The first EU nationals wishing to apply to stay in the UK after Brexit are submitting their paperwork as part of a Home Office trial. Settled status” will allow non-British Europeans who have been living in the UK for at least five years to secure their right to stay in the country. NHS workers in the north-west of England and students and staff from three Liverpool universities are among those invited to apply early for a “managed live trial” of the process, which the Home Office says should involve up to 4,000 people to iron out any kinks before a phased roll-out by the end of the year.

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Metro

EU nationals wanting to stay in Britain after Brexit can start applying from today. As part of a pilot scheme, people working or studying at 12 NHS trusts in north-west England, and students and staff from three Liverpool universities, will be invited to make applications for ‘settled status’. The trial will be based on 4,000 people and will allow officials working on the scheme to test the system using real applicants and make improvements ahead of a phased roll-out towards the end of this year. Applicants will have to attend an appointment with a Home Office representative who will walk them through the application process, but eventually people will be able to make applications online.

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Belfast Telegraph

The first applications from EU nationals wishing to stay in the UK post-Brexit will be submitted on Tuesday. People working or studying at 12 NHS trusts in north-west England, and students and staff from three Liverpool universities, will be invited to make applications for “settled status” as part of a pilot scheme. The “managed live trial” will involve up to 4,000 people and will allow officials working on the scheme to test the system using real applicants and make improvements ahead of a phased roll-out towards the end of this year. Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU citizens and family members who have been in the UK for five years by the end of 2020 will be able to apply for settled status, meaning they are free to go on living and working in the UK indefinitely.

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BBC News

The first applications from EU nationals wanting to stay in the UK after Brexit are being submitted. A group of university students and NHS workers in the north-west of England are taking part in a trial to test the system before it opens later this year. The three million or so EU residents in the UK have until the end of June 2021 to register for “settled status”. Ministers, who insist the process will be simple, say the pilot will allow for “necessary adjustments” to be made. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The government has said it wants EU nationals living in the country to be able to stay, with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab saying last week that this applied whether there was an agreement on the terms of exit or not.

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