The Home Office has today announced that there have been more than four million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.
This milestone was reached with eight months still to go before the 30 June 2021 deadline. Nearly 3.8 million grants of status have also been made, securing millions of European’s rights in UK law for years to come.
The latest statistics also show that, of the more than 4 million applications across the UK, there have been nearly 3.7 million from England, 204,700 from Scotland, 67,200 from Wales and 66,300 from Northern Ireland up to the end of September 2020.
Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said:
The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully open since 30 March 2019 and at its height Home Office caseworkers were regularly processing up to 20,000 applications a day. The highest number of applications processed in one month was in October 2019 when there were more than 400,000 grants of status.
- 28 August 2018 – EU Settlement Scheme first tested with a small number of NHS staff
- 1 November 2018 – Launch of second phase of testing
- 30 March 2019 – EU Settlement Scheme fully opened
- 15 August 2019 – One million applications
- 9 October 2019 – Two million applications
- 6 February 2020 – Three million applications
- 8 October 2020 – Four million applications
The Home Office also has a dedicated team of more than 1,500 people working on the EU Settlement Scheme with support provided seven days a week by telephone and by email.
The EU Settlement Scheme uses cutting edge technology and launched 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.
The Home Office has also made up to £17 million available to organisations across the UK who support the more vulnerable in society. The number of organisations funded has increased from 57 to 72 and includes charities, local authorities and local government associations.
EUSS Team Manager of Newport Mind Association in Wales Tom Finney said:
Deputy CEO at Advice NI in Northern Ireland Fiona Magee said:
Chief of Mission at International Organization for Migration Dipti Pardeshi said:
Additional support has been made available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online.
The Home Office has also run two bursts of marketing campaigns, spending £4 million across the UK to encourage EU citizens to apply.
To raise awareness of the scheme at a local level, the Home Office held a series of pop-up events across the UK where staff answered questions and helped people to apply in person, with more planned in 2020.
Communication materials have also been translated into 26 EU languages including Polish, Romanian and Italian.