Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the EU Settlement Scheme Statistics dated 22 August 2019, for what reasons 88,900 outstanding applications have yet to be concluded.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the EU Settlement Scheme Statistics dated 22 August 2019, how many of the 88,900 applications that have yet to be concluded have been referred to immigration enforcement.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

It usually takes around 5 working days for applications for status under the EU Settlement Scheme to be processed, but it can take longer.

An application may take longer to process if:

  • UKVI need to request more information from the applicant.
  • The applicant is a minor and their application is not linked to an adult.
  • The applicant has submitted a paper application.
  • The applicant has a relevant criminal record.
  • The applicant is a non-EEA or non-Swiss citizen and is applying on the basis of a relationship that they have not relied on in a previous application to the Home Office.

Any applications that have not been concluded remain under consideration. The EU Settlement Scheme monthly statistics show that up to 30 September 2019, only two applications have been refused.

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