Brexit: More than 130,000 Hungarians have applied for a permanent residence permit in Great Britain

Brexit: More than 130,000 Hungarians have applied for a permanent residence permit in Great Britain

Britain withdrew from the European Union on January 31 last year, but European Union citizens who legally and habitually settled in the country until the end of 2020, the end of the transition period after the end of British membership in the European Union (Brexit), can still stay. In possession of all acquired rights. However, they must apply for an indefinite residence permit, which is a legal status created in an official name.

According to a detailed quarterly summary published by the London Home Office Thursday night, more than five million of the 27 European Union citizens living in Britain had done so by January 31.

For information, broken down by country At the top of the list are the Poles and Romanians with 911,240 and 836,980 applications for incorporation, respectively.

Citizens of large member states

  • Italians 472,300,
  • Spanish 301790,
  • French 192,800,
  • The Germans placed 135,240 applications.

According to Interior Ministry statistics, Hungarians are in the middle with 131,120 applications for incorporation.

Among the citizens of Central and Eastern European countries that are members of the European Union, Slovenes have submitted the fewest applications: so far, 4,410 Slovenian citizens have applied for settled status.

By 31 December, the UK authorities had processed 4,514,250 applications and only 3% of the applications submitted had been approved for some reason.

According to the Home Office report Thursday night, within 3 percent, 34,240 applications were rejected, 47,870 were withdrawn by the petitioners, and 49,210 were invalid.

According to the UK Home Office on Thursday, 54 per cent of applications assessed gave applicants final status and 43 per cent pre-defined status.

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The latter is available to applicants who have not yet lived five years of life in the UK 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.

European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and who decided to remain post-Brexit must authentically prove their identity and lifestyle in order to obtain stable legal status. They must also report if they have previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

With the end of British membership in the European Union at the end of January last year, an 11-month transition period began, during which the immigration rules for EU citizens remained unchanged. Thus, those who arrived in Great Britain from the European Union before the end of that period, that is, until December 31, with the intent to prove themselves, can apply for a residence permit with the same rights enjoyed by those who have lived in Great Britain for a long time. Applications can be submitted until June 30 of this year.

However, since the first day of this year, the British government has introduced a new and unified immigration system for new arrivals from EU and non-EU countries, which assesses incorporation applications on the basis of a point-based scoring system, which is mainly based on the applicants’ qualifications. And English language skills.

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