As of Thursday, Europeans living in the UK, including Portuguese, can no longer use their citizenship card or passport and have to prove their status and rights through digital certification.
Deadline for registration in the EU Citizens’ Registration System is Wednesday [EU Settlement Scheme, EUSS], The respective national identity documents were adopted to prove the right to work, study or receive social support.
But on Thursday, the new method of proving immigration status created by the British government’s (gov.uk) portal went completely digital.
Permanently or temporarily, the citizen must enter the profile with the document number he used to obtain citizenship status, and then enter the date of birth, after which he receives a six-digit access code by phone or email.
In this profile, in addition to confirming the status, you can choose the option to share the status with someone like your landlord, employer or other company.
This code is then used to confirm entitlement to housing, work, health or education services, housing and community support, along with the date of birth.
The British government has argued from the beginning that proof of digital residence prevents problems such as loss, fraud or deterioration over time.
Activists have repeatedly warned of problems with the lack of physical proof, as profile printing or ’email’ verification of the EUSS record is not accepted.
A recent study by the UK in the Changing Europe Group warned of the difficulties and dangers posed by the electronic process to those who are excluded, whether they are elderly, homeless or vulnerable.
Catherine Bernard, a law professor at the University of Cambridge, one of the writers, said many people do not even have a ‘smartphone’ to access the portal.
“I think this is an issue in which the government is present in more than a significant portion of the population because the majority of the population does not have the technology to access this system. This is a major issue,” he said.
This issue has been raised over the years, especially by the 3 million association, which highlights problems with accessing the site or changing names or updating the relevant identity document.
Despite the denial of legal action to force the government to enforce the physical evidence, the group launched a campaign to make the digital residence certificate printable on paper, similar to the vaccine certificate for Govt-19.
The EUSS was opened following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union to ensure residency status for EU countries, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein and their close family members from third countries.
Permanent status (‘immigration status’) is granted after five consecutive years of residency in the country, but short-term holders receive temporary status (‘pre-immigration status’) until they have completed the required status. Time.
Without a certificate of status or application certificate, people lose their right to live, work and access health, education and social services in the UK.