Just under 1,000 people have applied for settled status in North Ayrshire following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

A total of 930 EU citizens were successful with their application to remain in the area post-Brexit. Those wishing to continue living in the UK must apply to the settlement scheme by June, 30, 2021.

Of those who were granted the right to stay, 660 were granted settled status and 230 pre-settled status.

Those who have lived in the country for less than five years receive pre-settled status, allowing them to remain for a further five years. They can later apply for settled status.

Ten applications were withdrawn, rejected, or invalid.

The nationality most represented was Poland with 370 applications, followed by Italy with 90, Romania with 80, Germany with 70, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, France, and the Czech Republic all had 30 successful applications.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Connected Communities said:“These citizens are our neighbours and our friends, they make a fantastic contribution to our communities, our economy and our society. We hugely value this contribution and are thankful that they made North Ayrshire their home.”