Mubasher: The British government expects the majority of European Union citizens in the UK will be given new settled status after Brexit, said the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Home Office in a joint statement issued on Tuesday.
“We expect the majority of cases to be granted,” the statement noted, as quoted by Reuters.
Caseworkers will be able to use discretion when processing applications, meaning they should not be refused for minor technicalities, and the majority would be granted, the statement added.
There are about 3 million EU citizens living in Britain, the news agency noted.
The cost of an application should be no more than the cost of a British passport and EU citizens will also be given a statutory right of appeal if denied, according to the statement.
“We have been clear that safeguarding the rights of EU citizens is our top priority in negotiations,” Brexit minister David Davis said.
“We will support everyone wishing to stay to gain settled status through a new straightforward, streamlined system,” he added.