I had the misfortune of reading yet another dishonest and misleading AP article about the status of EEA nationals in the United Kingdom post-liberation. Were the tone not so predictable I’d almost laugh. These articles usually have a few stock characters fearing for their futures. That the British government has already committed to securing a permanent legal status for them is entirely irrelevant. Nor is it seemingly relevant that the British government has proposed new laws to allow EEA nationals to move to the United Kingdom with a job offer with the explicit understanding that they will not qualify for benefit.
The AP are among the most unethical and biased “news” agencies. Their most recent “piece”, however, made me wince. A Hun who has resided in the United Kingdom since 1999 has his knickers in a twist. Despite having lived in the country for 18 years and being married for the majority of that time to a British citizen, he could only be arsed to apply for ILR in late 2016. Anyone who has lived in the UK will know that British bureaucracy – when it’s fit for purpose at all – is verging on the Byzantine. Said Hun chose to go it alone and submit over two pounds of paperwork and the 85-page application without any legal assistance. I wouldn’t be so bold. I prefer hiring a solicitor when complicated legal matters are involved.
His application was rejected and he received the Home Office’s former “your application has been rejected, sort out your affairs and bugger off” standard response letter. It was only after a two-paragraph diatribe that he admitted that he knowingly submitted an incomplete application. It’s obligatory to include one’s actual passport. He submitted only a photocopy of his. An incomplete package must be rejected. He resubmitted his application with his passport and received ILR. After spending £3000 for ILR he decided that he wanted to leave the United Kingdom because his stupidity merited a churlish response from the Home Office. The Federal Republic, incidentally, has a provision allowing for Huns to hold multiple passports for this very reason. It would not have been a great burden to apply for a second passport and pay the £50 fee to avoid this.German bureaux are no more indulgent. I lost hundreds of euro because I was incorrectly advised.