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UK: 5.75 Million People Applied for EU Settlement Scheme by the End of December 2021

A total of 5.75 million people have applied for the EU settlement plan by the end of December 2021, according to figures provided by the UK government.

In addition, the statement emphasized that of that number, a total of 5.33 million were from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Swiss citizens and about 407,400 were from countries outside the European Economic Area, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to figures provided by the UK government, 9 per cent of the applications, or 593,10, were repeat applications.

Of the 5.75 million people who applied for such a program, about 5.3 million were granted scholarship status.

In addition, figures provided by the authorities in Britain show that a total of 64,441,800 people had applied for the EU Settlement Scheme by the end of January 2022; Of which 386,600 were received after June 30, 2021.

The figures also reveal that the number of applications completed as of January 31 was 6126,500, out of the 681,600 that were completed after June 30.

The UK’s EU Settlement Scheme, which gave EU citizens the opportunity to apply to continue living in the UK despite Brexit, closed applications on 30 June 2021.

At the time, the Home Office announced that a total of six million applications had been received for the programme, “representing an astonishing success in protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK”.

According to a UK government report, out of a total of 5.1 million applications, a total of 5.1 million were granted while nearly 570,000 applications remained pending.

The UK authorities have also confirmed that all those whose status is still pending will receive a Certificate of Submission, which they can use until they receive a response to their application.

In addition, in this regard, British Home Secretary Priti Patel stressed that the scheme succeeded in ensuring that the rights of EU citizens were protected in the UK, allowing them to continue living in the UK after the transition period.

Previously, the UK Home Office said that citizens of EU countries and their family members who apply late to the program will have their rights temporarily protected, noting that the office continues to support citizens who want to continue living in the UK.

Since the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union, citizens of both regions are subject to additional entry rules when planning to visit their respective territories.

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