The number of immigrants refused the right to live in the UK by the Home Office after Brexit has trebled in just three months after hundreds were given a last chance to prove their eligibility.
Home Office figures show that the number rejected increased from 300 in February to 900 last month either because of their criminality or their ineligibility due to their lack of proof of residence or a job in the UK or any family connection to a EU citizen.
538prom精品视频在线播放The 900 - of which the vast majority are ineligible rather than criminal - is more than a 100 times the seven rejected during the entire previous ten months since the EU settlement scheme was launched in March last year.
538prom精品视频在线播放The Home Office indicated the surge stemmed from its decision to start refusing “ineligible” applications in February, many of which had been in the system for months and subject to “repeated unsuccessful attempts” to obtain missing evidence or information from the applicant.
It comes on top of a doubling in “invalid” applications where people failed to provide the necessary initial information such as passport details or an address. This rose from 6,700 in February to 14,100 in May. There are no figures on invalid applications before then because the Home Office only started providing such a breakdown in February.
A further 28,900 applications have been declared void or withdrawn, up nearly 50 per cent from 19,100 in February. They include British citizens or diplomats who wrongly believe they need to apply.
538prom精品视频在线播放A total of 3.32 million applications by EU citizens for UK settlement rights have been granted, of which 57 per cent have been granted settled status and 41 per cent granted pre-settled status.
538prom精品视频在线播放This is up nearly 99,000 in May. Of these, more than a third are Polish (697,000) or Romanian (590,000), followed by Italians at 363,000, Portugese at 281,000 and Spanish 219,000.
Kevin Foster, the immigration minister, said: “EU citizens are our friends and neighbours so I am pleased there have already been nearly 3.3 million grants of status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
“We are always looking for reasons to grant status and refusals are a last resort. However, applications will be refused where an individual is a serious or persistent criminal or does not meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme.”