UK Grants Settled Status to EU Citizens

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UK Home Office Grants Settled Status to EU Citizens in the UK.

There have been over 3.3 million applications to the EU settlement scheme following Brexit.


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The vast majority have been granted, with 99% of the finalised applications being given either settled status (58%) or pre-settled status (41%).

Of the small number rejected, the reasons given were serious or persistent criminality or because the applicant failed to prove their eligibility.

EU Settlement Scheme quarterly statistics, December 2019

This report covers the period from 28 August 2018 up to 31 December 2019

As of 31 December 2019, over 2.7 million (2,756,130) applications had been received and 2,450,220 applications had been finalised.

99% were granted:


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  • 58% (1,430,820) were granted settled status
  • 41% (1,003,160) were granted presettled status

1% had other outcomes:

  • 12,950 (0.53%) withdrawn or void applications
  • 3,280 (0.13%) invalid applications
  • 6 (0.0002%) applications were refused on suitability grounds. (evidence of serious or persistent criminality).

EU Settlement Scheme Grants per country were:

England: 2,244,050 (92%)
Scotland: 122,210 (5%)
Wales: 39,080 (2%)
Northern Ireland: 38,630 (2%)

EU Settlement Scheme Grants per Nationality were:

  • Poland : 464,400
  • Romania : 380,850
  • Italy : 261,820
  • Portugal : 204,620
  • Spain : 153,400
  • Lithuania : 125,530
  • Bulgaria : 123,310
  • France : 93,600
  • Latvia : 75,210
  • Hungary : 73,010
  • Germany : 68,140
  • Netherlands : 61,010
  • Greece : 54,020
  • Slovakia : 48,530
  • Czech Republic : 28,730
  • Sweden : 23,570
  • Belgium : 16,700
  • Denmark : 12,010
  • Austria : 11,460
  • Norway : 8,890
  • Cyprus : 8,470
  • Finland : 8,400
  • Estonia : 6,840
  • Switzerland : 6,210
  • Croatia : 4,800
  • Ireland : 3,600
  • Malta : 3,580
  • Slovenia : 2,360
  • Iceland : 1,030
  • Luxembourg : 650
  • Liechtenstein : 20
  • Other Non EEA 97,870

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The next detailed quarterly statistical report will be published in May 2020.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows those currently resident in the UK under EU law to obtain a status under the UK’s Immigration Rules. As such it is open to all those currently here under EU law, which includes eligible non-EEA nationals.

Definition of Terms:

  • Settled: A grant of indefinite leave to enter (ILE) (where the application is made outside the UK) or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) (where the application is made within the UK).
  • Pre-settled: A grant of 5 years’ limited leave to enter (LTE) (where the application is made outside the UK) or 5 years’ limited leave to remain (LTR) (were the application is made within the UK).
  • Refused: Where an application is valid but does not meet the eligibility or suitability criteria for the scheme.
  • Withdrawn: Where an applicant asks the Home Office, in writing, to withdraw an application before it is concluded.
  • Void: When an application is submitted by someone ineligible to be granted leave under Appendix EU, and there is therefore no legal basis for the Home Office to process it.
  • Invalid: Applications which fail to meet the criteria specified in the Immigration Rules relating to the EUSS. An application is valid where it has been made using the required application process, proof of identity and nationality have been provided, and the required biometrics have been provided.

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