Thousands of EU nationals have been granted permission to stay in Burnley

Home Office data shows 7,000 EU citizens successfully applied to continue living in Burnley by June 30

The3Million, which advocates for the rights of European citizens, says it is concerned about the hundreds of thousands of people still waiting to see if they can continue to live in a post-Brexit UK.

Home Office data shows that 7,000 EU citizens had successfully applied to continue living in Burnley by June 30 – the deadline for new applications imposed by the government in the wake of Brexit.

The EU Settlement Program was launched in March 2019 to regulate the immigration status of EU citizens living in the UK.

Approximately 1,170 applications were submitted in the last three months of the program opening – 14% of all applications received at Burnley.

EU citizens with few reasonable grounds not to meet the June deadline can still apply to assert their rights.

Those who have lived in the UK for five years and meet the criteria can obtain settlement status and stay in the country indefinitely.

Others who have lived in the country for a shorter period may benefit from a pre-established status, which allows them to stay for an additional five years. They can then apply for establishment status.

Some citizens who are not from the European Economic Area may also benefit from the program, for example if they are family members of EU citizens living in the UK.

Between the program’s inception and the deadline, a total of 7,550 applications were processed at Burnley, with 2,170 people granted settlement status and 4,830 pre-established status.

About 550 requests were either refused, withdrawn or invalid.

The largest number of applications received came from Bulgarian (1,610), Polish (1,380) and Romanian (1,000) nationals.

Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

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