Chetal Patel, partner in our Immigration team, has been featured in People Management regarding the latest EU citizens to have been granted settled status.

The official figures have shown that more than two million EU citizens have so far been granted settled status recently. However experts have warned that those who fail to apply on time could face the UK’s “hostile environment” approach to immigration.

Commenting on the figures, Chetal said the number of invalid applications was “relatively high”, and called on the Home Office to publish detailed reasons why applications are considered invalid.

She also warned that the EU citizens who failed to apply for the scheme in time could find themselves subject to the government’s “hostile environment” policy – a set of immigration policies designed to make staying in the UK difficult for individuals who don’t have leave to remain.

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