Two million European Union citizens apply to remain in Britain

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2019

Almost 1.8 million European Union nationals have applied to stay in Britain after Brexit, according to figures out on Wednesday.

Some 1,759,400 applications had been received by European Union nationals by September 30, the Home Office interior ministry said, of which 495,700 were received last month alone.

But latest internal figures showed the total had since risen to two million, the department announced.

Government statistics show that more than 1.8 million applications have been received, and 1.5 million of these have been granted status up to the end of September 2019.

Of the applications received, 1,524,500 have been concluded, with 61 percent gaining settled status and 38 percent holding pre-settled status.

Once granted the status, people can live and work in the United Kingdom, use the NHS, study and access public funds and benefits, as well as travel in and out of the country.

The countries with the most applicants were Poland with 347,300, Romania (280,600), Italy (200,700), Portugal (162,500) and Spain (115,700).

Around 88,500 eligible applications were also received from people living outside the EEA.

That is why I am thrilled that we have had 2 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme so that EU citizens can secure their immigration status under United Kingdom law.

The figures are classed as experimental because they still in the testing phase and not fully developed so should be "treated with caution", the Home Office paper warned. "This means that EEA citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, need to obtain a status in order to evidence their right to work, study, housing and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021 (or after 31 December 2020 if there is a no-deal exit)", according to information provided by the UK Home Office.

To apply they only need to complete three key steps - prove their identity, show that they live in the United Kingdom and declare any criminal convictions.

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