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Brexit: So Far, More than 100,000 Hungarians Applied to Stay in the UK

Csenge Schőnviszky 2020.07.02.

101,700 Hungarian citizens have already applied to stay in the United Kingdom following Brexit, according to the British Home Office.

According to its recent summary, 3,612,400 EU citizens – out of the 27 EU countries – living in Britain applied by May 31st. By the end of May, the UK authorities had already processed 3,319,000 applications, accepting almost all of them, the number of rejected applications only 900.

On the official list as of May 31st, Polish nationals are at the top with 697,900 applications submitted. They are followed by Romanians with 590,100 applications. Although the number of Hungarians having applied for a permanent residence permit to date is only a fraction of those from the two aforementioned countries, it is already three times higher than in September.

British Ambassador on Brexit: Hungarians Living in the UK Have Nothing to Fear

Britain withdrew from the European Union on January 31st, but EU citizens who are legally and habitually residents of the country can continue to retain all their acquired rights. However, they must apply for a residence permit of indefinite duration, a legal status established under an official name.

In a statement, the Home Office drew the attention of EU citizens living in Britain to the possibility of applying for a permanent residence permit to the British authorities until June 30, 2021. 

Hungarian Students Could be among Victims of Brexit

From the first day of next year (January 1, 2021), the British government plans to introduce uniform immigration regulations for new arrivals from EU countries and outside the EU, which will judge applications based on a system of scoring criteria, mainly based on applicants’ qualifications and English language skills.

Featured photo illustration via pixabay.com

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