EU citizens in the United Kingdom register at the last minute…

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EU citizens in the United Kingdom have made a collective effort to arrange for their residency status just ahead of a deadline. The Guardian gave this information on Thursday. About 50,000 came in a day, or five times more than usual in the previous period.

The influx was so large that the British Home Office decided to extend the deadline. It was supposed to end at midnight, but applications that came before 9 am on Thursday would also have been accepted.

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The United Kingdom left the European Union last year, allowing EU citizens who wish to stay until 30 June to settle their residency status. In doing so, they also retain the right to seek work, rent accommodation and study. In all, at least 5.6 million applications were received.

The roll-out of the new system is not going smoothly. EU citizens complain on social media that they have not heard from the government since applying. Also, some companies are not yet aware of the new residency status for Europeans.

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