UK approves 400,000 applications for Portuguese residency

The United Kingdom has approved about 400,000 residence permits requested by the Portuguese as part of the post-Brexit process.

According to the UK Home Office, as of 31 December, 436,650 applications from Portuguese citizens had been filed.

Out of 419,910 applications processed, 236,580 were granted permanent status, 158,370 were given provisional status, but 24,850 were rejected, invalid or cancelled.

Permanent status (established status) is granted after five years of continuous residence in the country, but those who have been there for a short period of time receive provisional status (pre-established status) until the required time is up.

The report also indicates that 43,710 Portuguese requests were repeated either to obtain authorization or to move from provisional to permanent status.

Of the repeated Portuguese requests, 2,510 have been rejected and 390 are awaiting a response.

real number?

University researcher Kuba Jablonowski said it was difficult to understand the actual number of people in the EU’s settlement programme. [EU Settlement Scheme, EUSS] Because of the way the process is run.

“Since the Ministry of Interior does not assign a unique identifier to the candidates, the analysis of the number of candidates must be based on probabilistic methods and navigating through various registered situations. And the system is becoming more and more complex,” he said. Portuguese Agency.

Jablonowski, who is working on a project on EUSS for the University of Exeter, said he raised the issue in October 2019 and “it could have been resolved”. [because] There were some repeat requests in the system, but now it is too late. ,

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Another problem is that “no one keeps track of how many people with EUSS status are still in the UK”, as many may have left the country in the meantime.

The EUSS was opened in 2019 following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union to secure residency status for citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein and their immediate family members in third countries.

In all, the UK Home Office has so far received around 6.4 million applications, including 333,200 after the 30 June deadline, of which 328,000 were incomplete.

As long as there are “reasonable grounds” for delay, promising a “practical and flexible” approach, the UK government continues to accept applications.

Without proof of status or a certificate of application, European immigrants or their family members lose their rights to reside and work in the UK and access health, education and social support services.

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