Over half a million Poles apply for settled status in UK
More than half a million Polish citizens living in the United Kingdom have applied for 'settled status' to enable them to remain in the country after the Brexit transition period ends, the British Home Office announced on Thursday.
Statistics show that at the end of December, 2019, 2.8 million EU citizens had applied for settled status, of whom 2.5 million had already received it. Poles submitted about 19 percent of the applications, making them the largest national group among settled status claimants.
Deputy Home Secretary Brandon Lewis, who is responsible for the process, described the result as fantastic, saying Poles brought a great deal to the UK as people's friends, families and neighbours. He also highlighted that the process of applying for settled status is free and simple, that more than 1,500 staff were involved in supporting claimants, and encouraged all those who had not yet done so to submit their applications.
In order to claim settled status, which enables EU citizens and their families to remain in the UK after it leaves the EU, it is necessary to prove identity, show that the claimant lives in the UK and declare any convictions. EU citizens have until June 30, 2021, to submit an application.
Statistics show that a little over 900,000 Polish citizens are living in the UK.