EU nationals welcome waiver of post-Brexit registration fee

EU nationals welcome waiver of post-Brexit registration fee
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Campaign launched to register some 3.5 million EU nationals living in the UK


EU citizens living in Britain have welcomed a decision by Theresa May to scrap a fee for applying to live in a post-Brexit UK.

Theresa May’s decision to scrap the €73 fee for EU citizens who want to stay in Britain post-Brexit came on the day her government rolled out a programme to register the estimated 3.5 million Europeans living in the country.

Authorities have issued an app to help but it doesn't yet work on all operating systems.

"Yes I am lucky I have an Android phone and I will start to download the app through which I then can apply for my settled status. So I'm gonna try to install it on my Android," says Hedwig Hegtermans, a Dutch citizen and long-term UK resident

But support groups are concerned that some people may fall through cracks in the system.

"There's a whole range of groups who could be affected. People who don't hear about it for starters. People who've already got permanent residency and so don't realise that it's for them, people who don't speak good English or don't have good IT skills. There will be more complicated cases, you can't just deal with this quickly online," says Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future.

While Britain has said EU citizens living in the UK are welcome to stay - deal or no deal - they will have to register to qualify.

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