The latest EU Settlement Scheme stats are worrying. Since Brexit Day, the Home Office has refused and rejected more EU citizens’ applications than ever.

First published in November 2020.

The Home Office has released the latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics. We are seeing a continuation of trends that do raise questions. For the second month in a row more than 50% of applicants received Pre-Settled Status rather than the full Settled Status.

Since the launch of the EU Settlement Scheme 1 in 38 processed applications resulted in no immigration status granted. This was 1 in 140 before Brexit Day, January 31st.

Since then we have seen an increased number of applications concluding with no grant of status.

In the month of October, 1 in 67 applications to the EU Settlement Scheme concluded with status invalid. Up to January 31st, 2020 this was only the case for just 1 in 581 applications.

1 in 52 applications to the EU Settlement Scheme concluded in October were classed as either withdrawn or void. Again, up to Brexit Day in January of this year this was only the case for 1 in 184 applications.

In October 1 in 32 concluded applications to the EU Settlement Scheme were refused. Prior to January 31st there were zero refusals.

Overall, 1 in 15 EU Settlement Scheme applications concluded in October ended with no grant of a form of leave to remain. Before January 31st, 2020 only 1 in 140 applications ended up with no grant of status.

We are hoping that either the quarterly EU Settlement Scheme statistics due at the end of this month or other statistics published in the near future will shed more light on these numbers in general and specifically the continued change since February 2020.🔷

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 12 November 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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