The UK announced on Friday that before the June 30 deadline, 6 million people had applied for residency status through the EU Citizenship Registration and Residence System (EU Settlement Program).
After leaving the European Union at the end of last year and ending the transition period, the UK began to introduce a new immigration system. EU citizens who can prove that they have worked in the UK before December 31 last year will retain the right to work, study and certain services.
Data shows that as of June 30, 6.02 million applications have been received, of which 5.45 million have been closed.
Of the closed claims, 4% were rejected, withdrawn or invalidated. Others have accepted the request and retain the right of abode.
The deadline to join the program expired on June 30. The event reminded people to apply, reflecting the concerns that some eligible residents were not familiar with the program or were unable to apply.
The number of people who failed to report on time is unknown, and the details of how the government will handle their cases are also unknown.
If citizens fail to obtain permanent or residency status, they will receive an official notice within 28 days, but after that they will not have the right to work, enjoy benefits, and will lose the right to free medical care and other services.
The government has repeatedly stated that it will work hard to ensure the status of EU citizens instead of looking for reasons to reject them.