EU citizens are our friends, family and neighbours. We want them to stay, and the EU settlement scheme has been designed to make it straightforward for them to get the immigration status they need.
I am writing to address a number of inaccuracies in letters published on 6 September. A letter signed by Diane Abbott and Alf Dubs, among others, stated: “The Home Office has brought forward the deadline for applications from 30 June 2021 to 31 December 2020. This is the perfect recipe for a repetition of the Windrush generation scandal.” This is untrue. We have been consistent that EU citizens have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the scheme if we leave the EU without a deal. If we leave the EU with a deal, the deadline will be 30 June 2021.