Bulgaria-born district councillor is denied ‘settled status’ despite living in Britain for 19 years and having two children with her British husband
- Magdalena Filipova-Rivers did a degree before meeting her partner Mathew
- Mother-of-two got married in May and then became Liberal Democrat councillor
- Magdalena – known as Maggie – is the cabinet member for community services
Mother-of-two Magdalena Filipova-Rivers was elected as a Liberal Democrat district councillor in South Oxfordshire
A councillor who has lived in Britain for 19 years, has a British husband and two children has been denied settled status by the Home Office.
Magdalena Filipova-Rivers – who is originally from Bulgaria – went to £38,000-a-year Bradfield College where she did her A-Levels.
She then did a degree at Newcastle University before meeting her partner Mathew and starting a family.
The mother-of-two – mother to Noah, seven and Indi, 18 months – got married in May.
It was the same month the Liberal Democrat was elected as a South Oxfordshire district councillor.
Magdalena – known as Maggie – is cabinet member for community services.
But despite carrying out her civic duty and having roots in the UK, she was told she did not have sufficient documents from the last five years.
The mother-of-two – mother to Noah, seven and Indi, 18 months – got married in May to partner Mathew (pictured)
She needs them to prove that she should stay in Britain if the event of Brexit.
Maggie only been granted pre-settled status, which guarantees her fewer rights than settled status residents.
She said: ‘I’m not worried. I’m angry, I realise the implications.
‘I can access legal advice – but that comes at a cost.
‘I, most likely, will be absolutely fine but it’s the journey that I’m on with other EU nationals.’
Filipova-Rivers is concerned that students who come to the UK to study will be at a severe disadvantage, because EU residents have to provide documentation proving what work they have done.
Magdalena Filipova-Rivers became the Liberal Democrat was elected as a South Oxfordshire district councillor
She said: ‘The biggest worry for me is that there is a huge danger for people who are economically inactive or those who have studied for a long time.
‘A lot of us come [to the UK] as students.’
She worries that EU nationals will be barred from completing ordinary everyday tasks – like getting a job and opening a bank account – if they are not offered settled status.
Home secretary Priti Patel said last month that freedom of movement for EU residents would end on 31 October, the scheduled date for Brexit.
But with that date now uncertain, she reversed that policy last week and said EU migrants will be given three years’ temporary leave to remain.
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