The number of Norwegians who applied to continue living in the UK after leaving the EU was up to 10,700 at the end of last year.
In December alone, 1,000 Norwegian citizens took advantage of the so-called EU Settlement Scheme, according to figures from the UK Home Office.
At the end of December, just over 2.75 million applications had been received. 2.45 million have received answers so far. Of these, 58 per cent were granted permanent residence, while 41 per cent were granted temporary residence with the opportunity to apply for permanent status later. Six applications have been rejected.
The scheme allows people from EU countries to apply to continue living in the UK when the country ends its membership at the end of the month. It also includes Swiss, EEA citizens and their spouses and partners. The deadline for applying is 30th June 2021. If the British leave the EU without an agreement, the deadline will be brought forward to the end of this year.
It is estimated that there are around 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK.
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