Five million European Union citizens will remain in Britain forever

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 while retaining their power. However, they must apply for an indefinite residence permit, which is a legal status created in an official name.

According to a monthly summary from the Home Office in London on Thursday, 5,060,600 of 27 EU citizens living in Britain had done so by January 31.

The UK authorities have already handled 4,678,300 applications, almost all of them in favor: the rejections rate was only 0.8 per cent by the last day of last month.

According to a report from the UK Home Office on Thursday, 53 per cent of applications assessed by the end of January were granted permanent status and 44 per cent had pre-defined status.

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.

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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.

Those who were already living in the UK on December 31 can apply for settled status until June 30 this year.

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

The requirement is that foreign workers must already have a valid job offer from an employer whose eligibility is recognized by the UK government at the time of their submission.

Foreign workers can apply for jobs that have the required minimum qualifications or higher, and only a UK work permit can be accepted from an applicant who officially speaks “acceptable” English.

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