Within four and a half months since the EU Settlement Scheme was launched in the United Kingdom, about a million EU citizens living in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have received the status granted under the scheme.
Acceding to a press release of the UK government more than 50,000 people lodged their applications in the opening weekend alone. Up to the end of July, 950,000 applications were filed in England, 50,000 in Scotland, 15,000 in Wales and another 12,000 in Northern Ireland.
“In total, as of 31 July 2019, over one million (1,040,600) EU citizens and their families from across the UK have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. Overall, the total number of applications that have been concluded, as of 31 July 2019, was 951,700. Of these, 64% were granted settled status and 36% were granted pre-settled status,” the statistical report of the UK Home Office on the EU Settlement Scheme says.
The Minister of State for the Home Office Brandon Lewis said he is pleased that such a high number of EU citizens have received the status.
“EU citizens have made incredible contributions to our country – which is why I am so pleased that over one million people have been granted status, enshrining their rights in law,” he said, further explaining that the EU Settlement Scheme is designed to make it straightforward for EU citizens and their family members to stay after the UK leaves the EU.
According to the statistical report of the UK Home Office on EU settlement scheme, among the EEA nationalities with the highest number of applications received were Polish with 179,800 applications, Romanian with 141,200 applications and Italian with 121,600applciaitons nationals. In addition, family members of EEA nationals who are from countries outside the EEA lodged about 52,600 applications.
The EU Settlement Scheme has been created for EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members living in the UK so far. It grants eligible applicants with settled and pre-settled status, that enables them to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the deadline for applying for the status is 30 June 2021. If there is a no-deal exit, then the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.
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