By the end of March this year, more than 6.5 million EU citizens had applied for a permanent residence permit in the UK, the UK Home Office said on Thursday. The British had already left the EU on 31 January 2020, but the repatriation of EU citizens to the island country was postponed until the end of the year. All they have to do is apply for a residence permit for an indefinite period of one year, officially established.
In principle, they had until June 30 last year to do so, but the UK government has been encouraging claimants to submit their applications in any case, as the authorities will accept and process formal applications for establishment despite the deadline.
By the end of March, only 4 percent of applications had been rejected. 2 per cent of the applications were withdrawn by the submitters and 2 per cent were invalid for some formal reason.
Currently, UK Home Office figures include citizenship data for applicants up to the end of last year: The number of applications submitted by Hungarians by December 31 was 161,600.
Romanians topped the list with 1,184,370 applications, followed by Poles, with 1,137,570 applying for UK immigration status by the end of December.
Nearly half of the applicants came to the UK in the years before Brexit
By March 31, 2022, 51 percent of applications had been considered and approved, and applicants had been granted permanent – i.e. without a deadline – and 41 percent of cases had been pre-resolved. The latter is available to those who came with the intention of establishing themselves before 31 December 2020, but have not yet resided in the UK for five years at the time of submission. They can wait until the end of five years to get a final residency permit. Until then, they have full rights to the rights they have acquired.
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