According to figures released by the UK Home Office on Thursday, the number of European Union citizens who have applied to UK authorities for a permanent residence permit has exceeded 5.3 million.
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. While retaining their power.
However, they must apply for an indefinite residence permit, a situation that is created under an official legal name.
According to a monthly summary from the Home Office in London on Thursday, 5301,500 citizens of 27 European Union member states living in Britain had done so by March 31.
By the end of last month, the UK authorities had already processed 4,977,700 applications, almost all of them in favor: the rate of rejected applications was only 1 per cent.
Applicants withdrew an additional 1 per cent of applications submitted, and 1 per cent proved invalid for some reason during the evaluation.
According to the UK Home Office report on Thursday, 53 per cent of applications assessed by the end of March were granted final status and 44 per cent of pre-determined applications.
The latter is available to applicants who are not yet five years of age in the UK at the time of application, but can also wait for five years for it to elapse and then obtain a final residence permit.
In the period until then, they also have the right to fully enjoy the acquired rights.
The UK Home Office does not provide country by country data on how many citizens of each EU country have applied for a residence permit in the average monthly statistics; This is only included in the comprehensive quarterly summaries.
According to the latest quarterly statistics, as of January 31, 131,120 Hungarians living in Great Britain have applied for settled status.
European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom and who decided to remain after 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 by a court. This may be grounds for exclusion in some cases, such as when someone has been sentenced to more than one year in prison for past crimes.
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 citizens of the European Union remained unchanged.
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