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The EU Settlement Scheme allows resident EU and Swiss citizens, plus those from the European Economic Area countries to apply to continue living and working in the UK.

The Government has hailed the process as a success, saying it has received more than 3 million applications so far.

But EU citizens’ rights campaign group the3million says even a small percentage of individuals missing out means misery for thousands.

Official figures show that 7,040 applications were made in Fife up to the end of last year, of which 6,300 were finalised.

Of those, 4,010 applicants were granted settled status, meaning they have a permanent right to remain in the UK.

A further 2,250 were handed pre-settled status, which gives them permission to keep living in the country and the chance to reapply once they have done so for five years.

The rest of the applications had other outcomes, such as being refused, withdrawn or void, or invalid.​

More than 3 million EU citizens have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit, according to the Home Office, and more than 2.7 million have been granted permission to remain.

The national figures cover up to the end of January.

 

 

Read more at: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/people/eu-citizens-fife-flock-stay-uk-after-brexit-1884331

 

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