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Britain says over 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle

DPA
London
More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle in Britain under a scheme launched following the country’s Brexit referendum, the government said on Thursday.
“I’m pleased there have been more than 3.8 million applications,” tweeted Kevin Foster, the Home Office’s immigration minister.
More than 2 million people have been granted the right to carry on living and working in Britain, the Home Office said, citing provisional figures as of July 31.
In addition, almost 1.5 million people were granted presettled status, meaning they need to reapply after living in Britain for five years to gain permanent residence.
Meanwhile, 4,600 applications were refused, 36,500 were void or withdrawn, and 34,900 were invalid, according to the Home Office.
The deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme is June 30.