I don't know what's wrong with me or BBC, but I often need double-takes in order to understand some sentences within news articles coming from BBC.
This time no matter how many takes, I don't understand this sentence:
The government launched a pilot scheme this week for people to apply for leave to remain through a smartphone app.
I just cannot break down the meaning of this.
Here are some sentences I could come up with :
A smartphone app will remain available for people to apply for [work] leave.
A smartphone app will remain available for people planning to leave the country to apply on.
The government left the remaining task to a smartphone app, where people can apply for.
None of these sentences make sense in the context of the article (if they even made any sense at all); So what does this sentence mean?