More than 3.8 million EU citizens are applying to stay in the UK after the Brexit transition period has expired – two million have been approved so far
- EU citizens must apply for resident status to stay in the UK after the Brexit transition
- According to the Home Office, more than 3.8 million applications have been submitted so far
- Two million have been approved and another 1.5 million with pre-determined status
More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK permanently after the end of free movement – two million have so far been approved.
Nationals of the bloc and their families will have to go through the Interior Ministry's settlement scheme by June next year in order to be able to live and work in the country after the Brexit transition period.
According to the latest figures, 2,041,200 people had been granted settlement status by the end of last month.
Another 1,475,500 have been pre-settled, where they have to apply again after staying in the country for five years in order to obtain permanent residence.
More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK permanently after their free movement ends – over two million have so far been approved
Around 4,600 applications have been rejected, 36,500 have been withdrawn or voided, and 34,900 have been invalid – if the Home Office decides that someone is not eligible to apply or has not provided adequate proof of residence.
A total of 3,805,200 applications have been received so far, of which 3,516,700 have been processed.
The number of applications submitted and processed decreased during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Home Office said it received 92,000 in July and looked at 133,100 during the month.
Immigration Secretary Kevin Foster said EU citizens are "an integral part of British society" and 3.5 million have already secured their rights under UK law.
"There is still plenty of time to apply until June 30, 2021, and a wide range of support services are available online, over the phone and in person if needed," he said.
However, the Liberal Democrats have repeatedly called for EU citizens to be granted automatic residency rights in the UK and specific documentation to avoid a "new Windrush-style scandal".
Home Affairs Spokeswoman Christine Jardine said, "With so many people being denied settlement status, being only given temporary pre-determined status, or still awaiting a decision, it is clear that so is System of this conservative government is anything but automatic.
"And without physical proof of their rights, EU citizens will be exposed to the hostile environment of the conservatives." You must not become the victim of another Windrush-style scandal. & # 39;
The next official quarterly figures on the progress of the program are due to be released towards the end of the month.
After Boris Johnson (pictured today in Northern Ireland) signs a Brexit deal, EU citizens and their families will have to go through the Home Office's settlement program by June next year in order to be able to continue living and working in the UK
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