Based on data analysis, it is estimated that over half a million individuals are currently awaiting a decision on their EU Settlement Scheme application, following the influx of applications submitted close to the 30 June 2021 deadline.
It is highly difficult to predict how long the processing delays, which applicants currently face, will be. The Home Office has not updated its published service standard on receiving EU Settlement Scheme decisions since 22 May 2020.
There have also been delays in issuing applicants with their ‘Certificate of Application’, which is the document that acknowledges receipt of an EU Settlement Scheme application by the Home Office.
Applicants who are not yet in receipt of a Certificate of Application can be reassured, however, that where they applied to the EU Settlement Scheme in time, they are permitted to exercise their usual rights in the UK whilst waiting to receive their Certificate and a subsequent decision on their EU Settlement Scheme application.
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