Almost half (49%) of those applying to the EU Settlement Scheme said they found the application process “difficult” (ranging from “slightly” to “very”).
This is according to a November 2019 report (pdf) from Migrant Voice which reveals the experiences of EEA nationals and their families in the EU Settlement Scheme.
The report finds:
- Almost four in ten (38%) were asked to provide additional evidence, with a similar number (35%) saying they faced complications in the application process
- Dozens of people said they felt ashamed, scapegoated or humiliated by the scheme and the process of applying
- One third of respondents said they hadn’t (yet) applied to the scheme, with many aware of the problems that others had faced and fearful that their application would be refused, that evidence would be impossible to gather, or that settled status would not guarantee their rights.