One year left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Wednesday July 1st, 2020

More than 3.6 million applications already and over 3.3 million have been granted status.UK

Yesterday (30 June 2020) marks one year before the EU Settlement Scheme application deadline of 30 June 2021. So far, there have already been more than 3.6 million applications and, according to internal management figures, more than 3.3 million have now been granted status.

EEA citizens and their family members who have been granted pre-settled or settled status have secured their rights in UK law, ensuring that, whether in four or 40 years’ time, they will have the evidence they need to continue living and working in the UK – the country they call home.

The latest detailed official statistics show that the highest number of applications have so far come from Polish (697,900), Romanian (590,100) and Italian (363,600) nationals with more than 3.2 million applications coming from EEA citizens living in England, 180,700 from Scotland, 59,400 from Wales and 59,700 from Northern Ireland.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, people have had access to a range of support either online, by email or by telephone to help them apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Last year, the Home Office awarded £9 million funding to 57 charities across the UK who have already helped hundreds of thousands of vulnerable EEA citizens to apply. A further £8 million of funding was announced earlier this year for such work.

There are over 1,500 Home Office staff working on the EU Settlement Scheme with 250 Settlement Resolution Centre staff in place to provide assistance to applicants with any questions about the scheme or who need help applying.

The EU Settlement Resolution Centre continues to provide support seven days a week by telephone and by email. People can also use the EU Exit ID Document check app to complete the identity stage of their application and we estimate that more than 3.2 million have already done so. A postal route is also available.

Additional support is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the telephone.

We have also translated communication materials into 26 EU languages, including Welsh and Irish.

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