More than 246,000 Spaniards have registered in the program enabled by the Government of the United Kingdom so that citizens currently residing in British territory can retain their rights as of January 1, 2021, date on which post-Brexit transition phase concludes.
Currently 237,500 of the total petitions submitted have already been processed with 98% approvals. For 52% of the cases, the status of ‘presented’ has been granted pending the completion of five years of residence, according to data from the British Home Office.
Until the end of September they had already registered more than four million EU citizens and the European Economic Area. The Spanish occupy the fifth position on the list, behind the Poles (773,840), Romanians (670,600), Italians (401,800) and Portuguese (306,350). And it is that, nine out of ten Spaniards who applied to join this program were presented in England.
This initiative was launched on March 30, 2019 and will remain open until June 30, 2021. Although one of the requirements that it raises is that they are people who have arrived in the United Kingdom before the end of 2020.