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EU citizens finally know how they can get ‘settled status’

It's pretty simple: Three questions, a selfie, and 65 quid

EU citizens living in the UK have finally got an answer on how the government's going to decide who gets to stay in the country post-Brexit.

What it means: Immigration regulations might be one of the toughest sticking points of Brexit negotiations – but EU citizens in the UK have been waiting to find out what the deal is for those who are already here.

People who have lived here for five years or more (that's around 3.8 million) are automatically eligible for 'settled status', meaning they can live, work, and access benefits here, as long as they've not got a criminal record.

Anyone arriving in the UK before December 2020 will get 'pre-settled status', which means they've got to stay for five continuous years to be eligible for settled status.

All you'll need to do is prove your ID, declare whether you've got a criminal record, pay 65 pounds (or £32.50 for kids), and take a selfie. The system should be opening up in autumn, and applications will take around 2 weeks to process.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?