Employers urged to fund settled status applications

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Staff from other EU Member States working at City Hall and in the GLA Group (which includes London Fire Brigade, Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police) will have their £65 “settled status” fees paid, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised.

He has called on the Government to scrap the application fee for all EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit, arguing that “no one should be forced to pay to stay because their immigration status was changed through no fault of their own”.

Last summer, the Government announced that EU citizens would be able to apply for settled status “in three easy steps for less than the price of a passport” (see Good News for Employers and EU Employees).

Applications open on 30 March 2019.

Mr Khan said: “Our EU staff are Londoners, they are critical to the work of City Hall and across the GLA, they belong here and they will always be welcome and valued. I urge the Government to scrap the ‘settled status’ application fee.”

However, he went on, until Ministers do this, EU staff at City Hall and in the GLA Group will be helped to apply for settled status as quickly and painlessly as possible.

The Mayor is urging other businesses in the capital to follow his lead and offer all support possible to the one million “European Londoners”.

He also highlighted that thousands have accessed online Brexit resources through his “EU Londoners Hub” which provides EU citizens with the latest information about their rights post-Brexit and directs them to expert legal advice, support services and guidance on employment rights.

Comment from Peninsula Employment Law Director Alan Price

It should be remembered that, as of 30 March 2019, there is a legal obligation upon employees from the EU to apply for clearance before 31 December 2020, with failure to do so potentially leading to companies facing fines for the employment of illegal workers.

In order to ensure that applications are submitted, organisations may need to consider offering further support for workers in this position, including providing payment for the application.

Employers should bear in mind that, although there is currently no expectation upon them to meet the cost of applying for settled status, employees may struggle to pay for it themselves — something which could delay the submission of their application.

Individuals in this position may also be concerned about job stability going forward, which could have a detrimental effect on their overall productivity and morale, and organisations may find themselves facing numerous queries from EU nationals as to what their rights and entitlements will be post-Brexit.

Last reviewed 8 January 2019

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