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One year left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

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01/07/2020
European Citizens are reminded they have just under a year left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

So far, more than 3.6 million applications have been made, with more than 3.3 million people being granted pre-settled or settled status to live and work in the UK.

The largest number of applications have come from Polish (697,900), Romanian (590,100) and Italian (363,600) nationals.

In total, more than 3.2 million applications have come from EEA citizens living in England, 180,700 from Scotland, 59,400 from Wales and 59,700 from Northern Ireland.

Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster, said: “European citizens are our neighbours, colleagues, friends and loved ones. They enrich our culture and play an integral part in our society which is why I’m pleased 3.3 million have already been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme and secured their rights in UK law.

“The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 and my message to European citizens and their family members is clear – apply now. There is plenty of support available if you have questions or need help applying.”

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 every day by telephone and email. People can also use the EU Exit ID Document check app to complete the identity stage of their application, though a postal option is also available.

Additional support is available for those who don’t have access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer help over the phone.

The Home Office also confirmed it has translated communication materials into 26 EU languages, including Welsh and Irish.

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