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Over 180,000 Hungarians Have Applied to Settle in the UK

MTI-Hungary Today 2023.11.24.

More than 7.5 million applications for resettlement had been made by EU nationals living in Britain by the end of September, based on the latest quarterly figures released by the Home Office on Thursday.

The total number of applications submitted by Hungarians up to September 30 is around 180,000.

The UK left the European Union on January 31, 2020. However, EU citizens who have legally settled in the UK until the end of 2020, or the end of the 11-month transition period that started after the UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit), can continue to stay in the country with all their acquired rights, however they will need to apply for an indefinite residence permit – officially known as the EU Settlement Scheme.

The same applies to nationals of the wider European Economic Area (EEA) of the EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, and Switzerland living in the UK.

The deadline for submitting applications was June 30, 2021 in principle. However, the UK government continues to encourage eligible applicants to submit their applications as the authorities will accept and process them if they meet the criteria, despite the deadline.

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According to new figures released by the UK Home Office on Thursday, 7,590,750 applications for resettlement from nationals of the 27 EU Member States plus the EEA and Switzerland living in the UK had been received by September 30, with more than 1.5 million of these applications submitted after the June 30, 2021 deadline.

Pre-settled status is available to those who have not been living in Britain for five years at the time of application.

However, they can wait until the five years have elapsed and will continue to enjoy their acquired rights in full during the period. This year, the High Court of Justice in London ruled that EU citizens with a pre-settled status must reapply to the UK authorities for permanent residence.

Following the order, the UK Home Office has announced that it will take steps to ensure that, in as many cases as possible, the granting of temporary resident status becomes automatic for those who qualify for it.

Based on the quarterly statistics released on Thursday, 181,490 Hungarian nationals had applied for permanent settlement in the UK by September 30.

Romanians top the list with 1,607,500 applications, followed by Poles, of whom 1,221,320 had applied for permanent resident status by the end of September.

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Via MTI, Featured image via Pixabay

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