4,200 EU citizens allowed to stay in Carlisle
More than 4,000 EU nationals have been allowed to stay in Carlisle, according to data from the Home Office.
Home Office data shows that 4,200 EU citizens had successfully applied to continue living in Carlisle by June 30 – the deadline for new applications imposed by the government after Brexit.
The EU Settlement Program was launched in March 2019 to regulate the immigration status of EU citizens living in the UK.
About 690 applications were submitted in the last three months of the program opening, 14 percent of all applications received at Carlisle.
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 settlement 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 launch and the deadline, a total of 4,440 applications were processed at Carlisle, with 2,560 people granted settlement status and 1,640 pre-settlement status.
Approximately 240 requests were either refused, withdrawn or invalid.
Adrienne Gill, who works for Carlisle One World Center, a charity that supports immigrants and refugees, said:.
“It was pretty straightforward for them.
“Some arrived too late and missed the deadline, but were able to reapply.
“I’m aware that some have fallen through the cracks because they don’t have computer skills, and we don’t have the capacity to help them, but it would be nice to have these services available for people. like that.”
The3Million, which advocates for the rights of European citizens, said that although millions of claims have been processed under the EU’s settlement program, nearly half a million people are still awaiting a decision.
A spokesperson said: “This backlog is unlikely to be cleared anytime soon, given the slowing pace of decision-making.
“The program will also continue to receive new applications from vulnerable citizens who have passed the deadline, as well as those moving from pre-established to resident status and joining family members.
“It is therefore crucial that the government embark on a long term plan to support all the candidates.”
The government has said that those who applied to the program before the June 30 deadline, but have not had a decision, have their rights protected until their application is decided.
Kevin Foster, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, said: “I am delighted that thousands more have rightly been granted status thanks to the EU’s hugely successful settlement program.
“We continue to work as quickly as possible to close applications, as well as to support people with their late applications.
“Our message remains clear. The Home Office is looking for reasons to grant the status rather than refuse. I encourage anyone who is eligible who has not yet applied to get in touch and join the millions who have already secured their rights. ”