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Brexit: More than 180,000 Hungarians have applied to settle in Great Britain

Brexit: More than 180,000 Hungarians have applied to settle in Great Britain

As you know, Great Britain left the European Union on January 31, 2020. However, EU citizens who have been legally settled in Great Britain until the end of 2020, the 11-month transition period that began after the end of Britain’s membership of the European Union (Brexit), can , continue to reside in the country, while retaining all their acquired rights. They must apply for a residence permit – with the official legal name “settled status in the EU”. The same applies to citizens of the European Union, the wider European Economic Area (EEA) of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland living in Great Britain. In principle, the deadline for applications ended on 30 June 2021. However, the British government continues to encourage those eligible to submit their applications anyway, because the authorities will accept and evaluate settlement applications that meet the criteria despite the deadline.

According to a new summary provided by the British Home Office on Thursday, 7,590,750 settlement applications had been received by citizens of the 27 member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland living in Great Britain as of September 30, and more than 1.5 million of these applications had been received by June. 2021. and submitted after the 30th deadline. According to the Home Office, nearly 7.6 million applications actually came from 6.2 million applicants, many of whom submitted repeated applications. Among them are also those who requested that the temporary stable status be declared permanently. Pre-settled status can be granted to those eligible who, at the time of application, have not yet lived in Great Britain for five years. However, they can also wait until the end of the five years, and in the period that has passed until then, they will also be fully entitled to their acquired rights.

According to quarterly statistics provided by the British Home Office on Thursday, 181,490 Hungarian citizens had applied for a permanent residence permit in Great Britain as of September 30. Topping the list are Romanians, who submitted 1,607,500 settlement applications, followed by Poles, of whom 1,221,320 had applied for settled status in Great Britain by the end of September.

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