The Home Office has announced it has hit the milestone of five million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme with four months still to go before the deadline of 30 June 2021.
This includes more than 4.5 million applications from England, 252,400 from Scotland, 83,800 from Wales and 81,800 from Northern Ireland up to 31 January 2021.
More than 4.5 million grants of status have also been made, delivering on the government’s promise to secure the rights of millions of Europeans in UK law for years to come.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“It is fantastic news that over 5 million applications have been made to the hugely successful EU Settlement Scheme. It’s the biggest scheme of its kind in UK history and will mean European citizens and their families can continue to call the UK home.”
Across all nationalities, the highest numbers of applications received were from Polish, Romanian and Italian nationals.
As a member of the European Union, the UK permits citizens from other member countries to live and work freely in the country without any additional documentation.
This has end once the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020. However, the government has made provisions for those already living in the UK so that they can continue their lives with minimal disruption: The EU Settlement scheme. Under this scheme EU citizens, and their family members, who have lived in the UK continuously for five years have until 30 June 2021 to apply for this status, which is similar to indefinite leave to remain. If they are granted this status, they can stay in the UK indefinitely.