UK Outlines ‘Simple’ Process for Europeans Seeking to Stay After Brexit

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Protesters and migrant workers hold banners and flags as they demonstrate outside Parliament on February 20, 2017 in London, England. A day of action in support of migrant workers and EU citizens is held today to highlight their contribution to the UK economy and to …
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LONDON (AP) — Britain has given details of how it plans to process as many as 3.5 million residence applications from European Union citizens after Brexit.

When Britain leaves the bloc next year, it will end the free-movement policy that lets EU citizens live in any member state. But it says EU citizens already in Britain can stay and have their families join them.

The government disclosed some details of how the new residence plans will work Thursday. Applicants will have to show proof of identity and residence, disclose any criminal convictions and pay a fee of 65 pounds ($86) for adults.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes conceded the scale of the operation was a challenge, but said it should be fully functioning by March 30, 2019, the day after the U.K.’s exit day.

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