Welcome Britain? Now goodbye. December 28, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
A Dutch woman who has lived in the UK for 24 years, and has two children with her British husband, has been told by the Home Office that she should make arrangements to leave the country after she applied for citizenship after the EU referendum.
Hawkins said the Home Office had overlooked vital information in her submission – she was unable to supply an original of her Dutch passport because her father had recently died and she needed her passport to continue to travel to the Netherlands to support her mother.
However, the department not only rejected her application but sent her a letter which took no account of her right to be in the country irrespective of their decision. “As you appear to have no alternative basis of stay in the United Kingdom you should now make arrangements to leave,” the letter said.
It gets, if possible, even worse. The HO wouldn’t communicate with her but would with her MP. She was told she could not discuss her case publicly. Forms which were entirely valid were dismissed as not. Etcetera etcetera.
A broader dynamic that may become apparent? Actually it may be here already:
Hawkins’s case is just one of many similar experiences of EU citizens panicked into applying for permanent residency.