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S5W-22474: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many EU Settlement Scheme application fees it has reimbursed.

Answered by: Ben Macpherson 30 April 2019

Following extensive lobbying by the Scottish Government, the 3Million group and other partners, on 21 January the Prime Minister finally announced the abolition of the proposed fee of £65 for EU citizens to obtain settled status. The UK Government has stated that those who paid a fee when applying to the EU Settlement Scheme will automatically be refunded, however it is unclear how many reimbursements have been issued to date.

Dropping the fee is a small concession from the UK Government and does not change the fact that EU citizens are being made to apply simply to retain the rights that they already have to live, work and study in Scotland. The Scottish Government has been clear that we will do all we can to support EU citizens to stay in Scotland and recently announced the ‘Stay in Scotland’ package of support to help EU citizens through the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. This is over and above any support provided by the UK Government, and they must now go much further and provide what EU citizens in this country urgently need: reassurance, support and clarity regarding their future rights.

Having dropped their fee for Settled Status, it is the UK Government who is responsible for reimbursing application fees for the EU Settlement Scheme.