The lure of UK for EU citizens does not seem waning post-Brexit as it was suggested at times. People from “continent” as the natives of this great island nation like to describe, are flocking to submit their applications to continue living and working in the UK. As many as 2,36,840 applications received after the deadline and up to end of October. The deadline to apply was set to June 30. To continue enjoying the freedom of movement which would end otherwise, following the Brexit transition period, over 62.87 lacs applications have been submitted under the scheme.
Out of those who applied, more than 30 lacs (30,68,700) were granted settled status, allowing them permanent stay. A further 24 lacs (24,60,900) are permitted with pre-settled status, meaning they would need to reapply after five years of living to gain permanent residence.
180,500 applications are refused, 103,900 are considered withdrawn or void, and 94,000 are found invalid. It is the Home Office which decides the eligibility to apply and the required proof of residence.
The applications received after June 30 include late submissions from other family members, and requests to move from pre-settled to settled status.
There are specific reasonable grounds for late submission for applications. Some examples include where parents, guardians or councils have failed to apply on behalf of a child, those with serious medical conditions preventing them from applying in time or ‘compelling or compassionate reasons’ considering the coronavirus pandemic.
Anyone who is yet to apply will effectively lose their lawful immigration status after the deadline. It would mean, blocking them getting a new job or moving house until their status is confirmed. There might be an unknown number of people remaining in the country undocumented being ineligible for the scheme.
There is no cut-off point for submitting late applications and those who applied by the deadline but have yet to receive a decision will have their existing rights protected, subject to the outcome of the application and any appeal. However, those who do not apply and continue to live in the UK without being able to prove their immigration status could face enforcement action.