Lawyers say lack of knowledge among employers and landlords about EU settlement scheme is seeing people wrongly refused employment and turned away by landlords. According to lawyers, long delays in the Home Office’s European Union settlement scheme are preventing people in the UK from illegally getting jobs and renting houses.
European spouses have been waiting for months for their applications for the Status decided after Brexit, despite the government insisting that the process should take one to four days — often someone to prove their Formal position documents should not be omitted.
In one case, an Iranian woman married to a Swedish man said she was being blocked from opening a bank account and was unable to find a job. At the same time, she received months for a response to her EU settlement application. After waiting, there was a move to a state of permanent anxiety.
Experts said there was a lack of knowledge among employers and landlords about the fact that applicants retain their rights to live and work in the UK. At the same time, their cases are pending and cautioned that the scheme delayed the issue Is being complicated further.
Somayeh Afkhami, 37, left Britain from Iran in September 2014 to join her Swedish husband, Davood Ratsguo. He came on a husband visa and applied for an EU settlement in October. Three months later, her husband’s visa has expired, and he is still waiting for his application to be terminated by the home office.
Ms. Afkhami worked before her visa expired but said she had since struggled to find a job and had a bank account, which, she claimed, because employers and banks did not recognize her Status Was unable to open.
“It is financially creating a mental burden. I put the money I have in my husband’s bank account and ask him whenever I need it. It is frustrating. He said I worry now that everywhere I go, I will face the same problem.
“I am constantly worried. I check the Status of my EU settlement online several times every day because I am very nervous and insecure from waiting.”
Christopher Desira, a lawyer at the law firm Seraphus and representing the European Commission in the UK, said he had seen many cases of people being unfairly denied employment and turned away by landlords. At the same time, they disposed of them Applications on a waiting basis for a response because they had not yet met the fixed Status.
He told of a case where a non-EU citizen married to an EU citizen is offered a job but was told by the employer that he was not able to work until he fixed or pre-fixed Status was granted. His application took three months to complete, during which he was unable to live.
“People are facing financial issues because of this, and it is often the most disadvantaged people who have lawyer know-how to work with them to accelerate the application process to pressure home office Mr. Desra said he was being left in temporary limbo.
“In an ideal world, employers would understand that freedom of movement comes into force by the end of this year, but because of all the uncertainty and confusion surrounding Brexit, that employer cannot understand any of it. And they don’t want to take risks. Are, so they insist on seeing a predetermined position or asking a fixed position when they should not do so. Affected people can take them to court, but this an Expensive and long-winding process, so most choose to try to find another job.
“The Home Office are educating everyone, but whatever communication they are making for this now, it is not enough. We have seen many cases, and there will be more because we know less about this Reporting.
Luke Piper Jaffray, the3million, who is a legal adviser to the campaigns for the rights of EU citizens in Britain, said he had seen several people who had been denied a promotion because of their pending applications but said When it was “arguably illegal” for employers to do so, the issue was only likely to escalate.
They reported that a “certificate of application” – issued to people once applying under the European Union Settlement Scheme and supposedly granted their right to live, work and study in the UK for six months. To prove — motherhood was not being achieved by employers.
He said, “In the real world, do you think there is someone for employers who are essentially going to live in the UK with the ability to grant pre-decided status for six months?”
The comment comes after data from the latest EU settlement plan published by the Home Office showed that 525,200 applicants — more than one in five — were still waiting for a result, leading to fears that A backlog is being built before Brexit.
The Home Office said that it usually takes five working days to complete an entire application process through the settlement plan, and thousands are handled every day.
A spokesperson added: “EU citizens are our friends, family, and neighbors and we want them to stay, and so far more than 2,500,000 people have been granted Status through the EU Settlement Plan. European Union, EEA, and Swiss citizens can continue to demonstrate their rights with passports or ID cards until 2019.
“It is the duty of employers and landlords not to discriminate against people illegally.
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