Marcia Longdon and Tim Richards argue that while the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme has had some successes, late applicants will test the Home Office’s humanity

The vast majority of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens who were UK residents by the end of last year were able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30 June 2021 deadline. Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme meant that an EU citizen could stay in the UK for the long term. During the build-up and aftermath of the UK leaving the EU in January 2020, around three million EU citizens were believed to have lived in the UK. Yet recent data has shown that is not the case – with around six million applications being submitted, including around 6 per cent being repeat applications.

In accordance with the withdrawal agreement, the UK was required to implement a straightforward, online system that would be '...

Marcia Longdon
Partner
Kingsley Napley LLP

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