The BBC reported that a spokesperson for, the3million, an organisation for EU citizens in the UK, campaigning for all to retain their existing rights after Brexit, were rightly outraged at the words of Mr Lewis. “Today, after much wait, it is confirmed that hundreds and thousands of people will be punished with the threat of removal from their home. This is no way to treat people, let alone what was promised” said Maike Bohn, a representative of the group.
Even if you were born in the UK and you’re not a British Citizen, you will need to apply which means you’re now treated as an immigrant in a country you could have lived in for many years. “you need to apply even if you: were born in the UK but are not a British citizen” as stated on GOV.UK
You need to have lived in the UK for a certain amount of time “To be eligible for settled status, you usually need to have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row” and you also need to be able to provide evidence that you’ve actually lived in the UK. “you’ll not need to provide any documents as proof of residence”. For many musicians, this will be close to impossible given the very nature of your day to day existence as a musician.
According to the3million, to qualify to apply for the settled status you will need to present a wide range of documents to prove you have lived in the UK for the required amount of time. Documents include bank statements, utility bills, rental agreements, employment contracts, payslips and you also need to be registered with your local council.
The government have not made it clear when they intend to start deporting people but they seem to imply that if you have not applied for settled status by the end of the year, your right to stay will no longer be valid as an EU citizen.
If you have conerns please visit the3Million for help.
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