Britain withdrew from the European Union on January 31 last year, but EU citizens who legally and habitually settled in the country until the end of 2020, the end of the transition period following the end of British membership in the European Union (Brexit), can still stay. In possession of all acquired rights. While retaining their power. However, they must apply for an unlimited-term residence permit, which is a legal status that is created under an official name. Applications can be submitted until June 30 this year.
In a statement presented by the ministry on Tuesday, Kevin Foster, Secretary of State for Border Control and Immigration at the UK Home Office, drew the attention of EU citizens to the fact that there were only a hundred days left until the end of June. .
Foster said he encouraged rights holders to secure their legal status under British law by obtaining a residence permit.
The Secretary of State also requested that if there is anyone in the Encyclopedia who qualifies to apply for established status, but they have not yet done so, they should be encouraged to apply.
Foster confirmed that 5.1 million EU citizens have so far applied for a permanent residence permit in the United Kingdom. “European citizens are our friends, our family and our neighbors,” said the Minister of State for Home Affairs, describing the resettlement program for European Union citizens living in Britain a great success.
According to the latest detailed quarterly summary from the UK Home Office, 131,000 Hungarian citizens have so far applied for stable legal status in Britain.
At the top of the individual country list are the Poles and Romanians with 911,240 and 836,980 applications for incorporation, respectively. Among the citizens of large member states, 472,300 were submitted by the Italians, 301,790 by the Spanish, 192,800 by the French, and 135,240 by the Germans by the end of February.
In 54 per cent of the applications examined, applicants were granted permanent status and in 43 per cent of cases their status was pre-determined. The latter is available to EU citizens who have not yet lived in Britain for five years at the time of application, but can also wait until five years have passed and then receive a final residence permit. In the period until then, they also have the right to fully enjoy the acquired rights.
EU citizens living in the UK must present reliable proof of identity and lifestyle in order to obtain proven legal status.
They must also report if they have previously been convicted of a criminal offense. With Britain’s membership in the European Union ending at the end of January last year, an 11-month transition period began, during which immigration rules for EU citizens remained unchanged.
Thus, those who arrived in the UK from the European Union with the intention of settling before the end of this period, i.e. December 31, 2020, can apply for a residence permit with the same right as those who live in the UK to obtain a long time ago.
However, since the first day of this year, the British government has introduced a new and unified immigration system for new arrivals from EU countries and outside the European Union, which will judge incorporation applications on the basis of the point registration system, which mainly depends on applicants. Qualifications and English language skills.
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