More than 3 million applications for EUSS

On 6 February 2020, the Home Secretary Ms Priti Patel announced that more than 3 million applications were made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). However, approximately 500,000 EU nationals and their family numbers still need to apply for ‘Pre-Settled’ or ‘Settled’ status prior to 30 June 2021 in order to secure their rights in the UK post Brexit.

In terms of the official statistics published by the Home Office, from 28 August 2018 to 31 December 2019, over 2.7 million (2,756,130) applications were received, with 92% received in England, 5% in Scotland, 2% in Northern Ireland and 2% in Wales.

The Home Office stated that 58% of the applications were granted Settled status whilst 41% were given Pre-Settled status whilst only 1% had other outcomes (withdrawn or void applications, invalid applications and applications refused on suitability grounds).

Across all nationalities, Polish and Romanian nationals were consistently among the highest number of applicants.

In order to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled status, migrants have to prove their identity, as well as provide evidence to show that they live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

The highest number of applications processed in one month was in October 2019 when more than 400,000 people secured their status. There are more than 1,500 caseworkers working on the EUSS and have been processing up to 20,000 applications a day.

For more detailed information, please refer to the GOV.UK website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/eu-settlement-scheme-quarterly-statistics-december-2019

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