EU Settlement Scheme Quarterly Statistics
August 2020 Update
20,280 EU citizens from Brighton & Hove have now applied to the scheme. 1,590 EU citizens applied to the scheme in the 3 months between 1st April 2020 and 30th June 2020.
This is the lowest number of applicants recorded in the quarterly statistic release since the scheme began. We can assume the low number of applications has been due to Covid impacts in April, May and June.
In relation to Covid, at the beginning of April the Home Office announced that application processes for the EUSS would now be longer than usual owing to social distancing guidance, however this is expected to change as capacity returns to pre-Covid levels for processing applications. Support services and application routes have reopened where possible in line with public health guidance. This includes the EU Settlement Resolution Centre and the postal route for submitting identity documents for applicants who are unable to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity. The deadline for applying for EU nationals resident in the UK before the end of the Transition Period remains 30th June 2021. Those entering the country from 1st January 2021 will be subject to the new points-based immigration system.
Although the ‘grace period’ allows EU nationals to apply to the scheme up to 30 June 2021, it is unclear at present how landlords and employers can distinguish between EU nationals resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 and new arrivals within that period. They may therefore refuse to accept EU passports as the only proof of eligibility to work and rent. The council will be messaging local private landlord associations through the Housing Partnership to highlight this issue and working with Brighton Chamber and the Economic Partnership to ensure messaging is relayed to local businesses in regards to the rights of EU nationals.
Find more information on quarterly statistics on the GOV.UK website.