Milestone comes ahead of 30 June 2021 deadline.
The Home Office has today (11 February 2021) announced it has hit the milestone of five million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme with four months still to go before the deadline of 30 June 2021.
This includes more than 4.5 million applications from England, 252,400 from Scotland, 83,800 from Wales and 81,800 from Northern Ireland up to 31 January 2021.
More than 4.5 million grants of status have also been made, delivering on the government’s promise to secure the rights of millions of Europeans in UK law for years to come.
A further £4.5 million of funding has been announced today for the network of 72 organisations across the UK who support the vulnerable and hard to reach in applying to the scheme. This is on top of the £17 million already provided.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said:
The Home Office has also launched a new £1.5 million wave of UK advertising to ensure EU citizens and their family members are aware of the deadline and know they need to apply. This builds on the successful £4.6 million campaign already delivered with targeted adverts soon to appear on social media, website banners, catch up TV and radio.
The new £4.5 million grant funding announced today means that 72 organisations across the UK will continue to provide invaluable support to help vulnerable and hard to reach individuals and groups apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This includes victims of human trafficking or domestic abuse, those with severe mental health conditions, those without a permanent address, and those who are elderly or isolated.
Home Office Minister Kevin Foster will meet four of these grant funded organisations from across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales later today and commend the exemplary support they have been providing to help vulnerable EU citizens apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Deputy CEO at Advice NI in Northern Ireland Fiona Magee said:
Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland Derek Mitchell said:
Trudy Aspinwall, EUSS Project Manager at TGP Cymru in Wales, said:
Matthew Evans, Director at The AIRE Centre in England, said:
The Home Office state they have a dedicated team of more than 1,500 people working on the EU Settlement Scheme, with support available seven days a week by telephone and by email.
The EU Settlement Scheme uses cutting edge technology, including the EU Exit: ID Document Check app which allows people to apply from the comfort of their own home in as little as 15 minutes.
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