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Nearly 160,000 Hungarians have applied for a residence permit in the UK

Britain withdrew from the European Union on January 31, 2020. However, EU citizens who have legally and habitually settled in the UK by the end of 2020, at the end of an 11-month transition period after the end of British membership in the European Union (Brexit), can remain in the EU. Country with all their acquired rights, but indefinitely. They must apply for permission to establish themselves under an official legal name.

The deadline for this was, in principle, June 30 last year. However, the UK government continues to encourage beneficiaries to apply in any event, as the authorities will accept and process legitimate applications for incorporation that meet the criteria, despite the deadline.

According to a new summary released by the UK Home Office on Thursday, 6,385,500 of the 27 EU citizens living in the UK had applied for settled status by December 31, 2021, and 333,200 of those applications had been received by June 30. . After half a year deadline. By the last day of December, 6,057,400 applications had been judged; 613400 after the June 30 deadline.

In 52 percent of applications examined and approved by December 31, applicants were granted permanent — that is, no — status prior to settlement — in 41 percent of cases.

The latter is available to those who arrived before 31 December 2020 with the intention of establishing themselves but have not yet lived in the UK for five years at the time of application. They can also wait until the five years have passed and then obtain a final residence permit. In the period until then, they are also entitled to the full enjoyment of the acquired rights.

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According to an announcement on Thursday, the UK Home Office had rejected 3 per cent of applications processed by the end of December. The data set, which also includes the applicants’ nationality, was included in the UK Home Office statistics up to the end of the last third quarter.

Accordingly, as of September 30, 2021, 158,830 Hungarian citizens have applied for a permanent residence permit in Great Britain. Romanians top the list with 1,133,980 applications for incorporation, followed by Poles, 1,124,930 of whom had applied for settlement status in the UK by the end of September.

The top five list includes applications from 560,720 Italians, 427,470 Portuguese and 364,170 Spaniards. Of the citizens of the largest EU member state living in Britain, the French had 236,710 and the Germans 167,920 applications for permanent residence by the end of the third quarter of last year.

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