22 January 2019
Theresa May scraps £65 fee for EU nationals to remain in the UK
After the Home Office opened the final test phase of the settled status application app on 21 January, Theresa May announced to the Commons that she has scrapped the settled status application fee of £65. This is the price that EU nationals had to pay to stay in the UK.
Chris Brazier, business immigration lawyer comments:
“This will be a relief to may EU nationals. But a lot of uncertainty still remains about the application process itself and whether EU nationals will meet the criteria to stay in the UK. B P Collins immigration team can advise.”
This is the first move by the Prime Minister to encourage more MPs to support her deal. May has also said that she will seek improvements to the Irish backstop proposal and will allow MPs to have a say on the UK's relationship with the EU in the future, if they support her Brexit deal.
A Downing Street spokesperson said that the next vote, which is due to be held on 29 January was not “a second meaningful vote” and added that Parliament was unlikely to have a binding vote on the deal until February.