UK Home Office has been accused of digital discrimination for the creation of Android-only app for settled UK status application for EU nationals.
Sajid Javid, the home secretary, received an open letter – from top Labour MPs and MEPs – stating that the Android-only app system does not represent the fair treatment of all EU nationals.
Need for Trust
The MPs stated that the settled scheme for EU nationals must not be allowed to be bedeviled by public distrust because the public unprecedentedly observes the administrative obstacles and difficulties facing UK’s immigration system since the Windrush scandal. Unfortunately, the Android-only app system does not give the public, including EU nationals, the much-needed confidence, they said.
Beginning from January 21, EU nationals living in the UK started the application for settled status with the aid of the Android-only app designed by the Home Office. All EU nationals in the UK are required to confirm their identity using the app after which they are to visit the government website for the final part – provision of evidence that they have been in the country continuously for at least five years.
Individuals who do not have capable phones are required to visit any of the 13 centers in the UK for their verification. This has led to criticism from many of the group who have to embark on long journeys to get to the closest center.
The number of centers is expected to increase to 50 by March 30, a day after UK leaves the EU. The current system is only a test, and it is entirely voluntary, said the Home Office.
The MPs do not agree with the Home Office on this stating that the system is causing distress and promise of more centers in the future cannot give anybody certainty or confidence. What stopped it from being right from the start? They asked.
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