Over 3 million people have applied through the EU Settlement Scheme, to continue living in the UK after June 30, 2021.
Announcing the news, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is feeling delighted about the number of applicants that wish to continue to live in the UK post-Brexit.
“I’m delighted that there have already been more than 3 million applications to the hugely successful EU Settlement Scheme. It’s the biggest scheme of its kind in British history and means that EU citizens can evidence their rights for decades to come. It’s now time for EU countries to adopt a similar scheme,” she said.
Security Minister Brandon Lewis also applauded the number reached, pointing out he considers EU citizens as an integral part of the UK society, culture, and community, encouraging more people to apply.
“I am really proud that the EU Settlement Scheme has now had more than 3 million applications. EU citizens are an integral part of our society, culture, and community, and this is their home. I encourage everyone yet to apply today and join the 3 million,” Lewis declared.
EU citizens have been offered with a wide range of support online, in a bid to help all the interested persons to apply.
According to the United Kingdom government, there are more than 1,500 Home Office staff working on the EU Settlement Scheme with 250 based in Liverpool supporting applicants with any questions about the scheme or who need help applying.
Through the EU Settlement Scheme, the UK has made it possible for the EU citizens and their family members to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK had applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by July 31, 2019. Overall, the total number of applications that have been concluded, as of July 31, 2019, was 951,700. Of these, 64% were granted settled status and 36% were granted pre-settled status, read the statistical report of the UK Home Office on the EU Settlement Scheme published at the time.
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