As the deadline for the EU settlement plan approaches, a backlog of applications awaits a judgment.
Figures show that more than 300,000 applications for the EU settlement program are awaiting processing just weeks before the deadline for submissions.
EU residents and their families are being asked to apply to the Home Office scheme by the end of June in order to stay in the UK after the Brexit transition period and freedom of movement has ended.
Since the programme began in March 2019, 5.6 million (5,605,800) applications have been received, with 5.2 million (5,271,300) being finalized, according to preliminary Home Office numbers until the end of May.
According to the numbers, roughly 334,500 applications remained unprocessed at the end of last month.
Complete applications are normally handled in five working days, but it can take up to a month if extra information is required, according to the Home Office.
Those who apply before the deadline but do not hear back “will have their rights safeguarded until their application is decided,” according to the department.
“We urge everyone eligible to apply before the June 30 deadline and will continue to leave no stone unturned in helping those who need support,” said Immigration Minister Kevin Foster, adding, “We urge everyone eligible to apply before the June 30 deadline and will continue to leave no stone unturned in helping those who need support.”
Despite appeals from campaigners to extend the deadline in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Office indicated that anyone eligible for the programme can apply late starting in July if there are “reasonable circumstances” for missing the deadline.
There are also unanswered questions about what will happen to those who stay in the nation after the deadline and have not filed for immigration status through the system, or if their application has been denied.
More over 2.7 million (2,754,100) of the completed applications were given established status, allowing them to remain in the United States permanently.
A total of 2.2 million people (2,276,200) were given pre-settled status, which means they will have to reapply after five years in the nation. (This is a brief piece.)