The UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, which allowed EU citizens to apply to continue living in the UK despite Brexit, has closed to submit applications on June 30, 2021.
Announcing the closing of the deadline, the Home Office indicated in a press release that up to six million applications had been received for the scheme, “representing an astonishing success in protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK”.
The press release also notes that out of 6.02 applications, a total of 5.1 million were granted, while about 570,000 applications are still pending. Those whose status is still pending will receive an application certificate, which they can use until they receive a response to their application, should the need be, TheSchengen.com reports.
Commenting on the end of the scheme, British Home Secretary Priti Patel said that the EU Settlement Scheme had succeeded in ensuring that the rights of EU citizens were protected in the UK so that the latter could continue to live in the UK.
“Having more than 6 million applications in the program is an unprecedented achievement, and I am delighted that we have secured the rights of so many EU citizens – our friends, neighbors and family members,” she said.
At the end of May this year, TheSchengen.com reported that as of March 31, 2021 the Home Office had counted a total of 5,301,470 applications from EU and Schengen area citizens who wished to continue living in the UK, although the latter no longer exists. . Member of the European Union.
Newly released statistics show that the number has increased by nearly 700,000 more. For as long as the system has been in operation, the largest number of orders have been placed in England – 5.3 million, 291,200 in Scotland, 98,600 in Wales and 98,400 in Northern Ireland.
EU and EEA citizens living in the UK, who did not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme on time, will now need to apply for valid UK immigration status in order to remain in the UK, “either through EUSS , if they are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, are a joined family member, or on a valid visa.
Those who have failed to apply for their status so far due to reasonable reasons can still apply but must do so as soon as possible. The following are reasonable grounds for late application:
In cases where a parent, guardian or local authority fails to apply on behalf of the child In cases where the person is unable to submit the application on time due to a serious medical condition Victims of modern slavery or abusive relationships Those who are isolated or vulnerable or who have They have the digital skills to get through the application process. People who are unable to apply for compelling practical or compassionate reasons – including in light of the coronavirus
The EU settlement scheme was first launched on March 30, 2019, processing more than 20,000 applications per day. The scheme will give all citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland the opportunity to continue living in the UK after the latter has left the European Union.