ALMOST 1000 EU nationals living in Glasgow have had their applications to stay after Brexit rejected by the Home Office.

Figures recently released by the Home Office show that around 910 people who live in or around the Scottish city who applied to stay by September 30 were refused.

While applicants can appeal their rejection to stay, the3million, a campaign group for EU citizens' rights, is concerned about those left "in limbo" while waiting for the appeal.

Monique Hawkins, policy and research officer at the3million, said: "Many people report not being able to get through to helplines, and find it next to impossible to get progress updates on their applications.

"For those who have been refused, the administrative review and appeals process face their own lengthy delays.

"We are extremely concerned about the length of time it is taking to unite people with their lawful status, and thereby their rights to continue living and working in the UK."

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The EU Settlement Scheme looks to regulate the immigration status of EU citizens who live in the UK.

Those who have lived in the UK for five years, and meet certain criteria, can receive "settled status" and remain indefinitely.

The Home Office figures show that 51,010 people applied to continue living in Glasgow with 48,060 receiving a conclusion by the end of September.

Of them, 23,440 (49%) received settled status and 22,420 (47%) pre-settled.

The highest number of applications came from citizens of Poland (13,270), Romania (5310) and Italy (5070).

There were a total of 299,720 applications made to the scheme from people living in Scotland with 286,300 of those receiving a conclusion.

A Home Office spokesperson stated that the scheme had been an "overwhelming success" with 5.5 million of the 6.3m applicants from across the UK being granted permission to stay.

They added: “Caseworkers will always look for reasons to grant rather than refuse.

"Individuals can be refused on eligibility or criminality grounds, and if a refused applicant disagrees with our decision, they can apply for an administrative review or appeal.

“We have published non-exhaustive guidance on reasonable grounds for making a late EUSS application and take a flexible and pragmatic approach to considering them, and we’ve made millions of pounds available in funding for organisations to support vulnerable applicants.”

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