400,000 Poles still without settled status in UK

Nearly 400,000 Poles living in the UK have not yet received the settled status which will allow them to stay in Britain after transition period following Brexit set to take place on January 31, “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” daily reported.

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The newspaper writes that Friday’s divorce of the UK and the EU will not be “a disaster” for EU citizens staying in Britain, because of the transitional period which starts on February 1.

Over the next eleven months, the freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will remain in force.

After the transition period is over, the EU nationals who want to stay in the UK will need to have the settled status. According to the Home Office estimates quoted by “DGP”, more than three million EU citizens live in the UK and around 2.7 mln of them have applied for the settled status.

The Polish community in the UK is the largest among the EU national groups and counts around 905,000 people. More than half a million of them have already applied for the settled status.

The daily suggests that this situation can be problematic for around 400,000 Poles in the UK.

To receive the settled status, people have to prove that they have stayed in the UK for at least five years. The proof can be a work contract or the lease agreement.

People who stayed for a shorter period can apply for temporary status. Applications can be submitted until June 30, 2021.