EU Settlement Scheme Updates

Important Update

EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19

The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well and more than 3 million have already been granted status with more than a year left to go until the deadline for applications.
While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. In addition, in line with the latest Public Health England advice some of the Government support services and application routes have temporarily changed. Please find an outline of these changes below. This situation is being kept under constant review and the Government will continue to keep you updated.

Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC)

The SRC will no longer be answering telephone calls. It will, however, continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required. Emails from support organisations will be prioritised where possible.

ID document scanner locations

The ID document scanner locations are following all the latest Public Health England advice to protect staff and the decision has been made, to suspend them at this time.

Postal route for submitting Identity evidence

The postal route for submitting identity evidence is currently suspended. The Government are unable to accept any documents by post at this time, but all documents already sent will be returned as quickly as possible. Applications can still be made online using the “EU Exit ID Document check app”.

57 grant funded voluntary and community sector organisations

Some services have been suspended but organisations are seeking to provide support in other ways, in line with social distancing guidance, for example via telephone and online. Please check with the individual organisations for further details.

Further information

There are still 15 months before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, and there is plenty of support available online to support those looking to apply.
Additional support is available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the phone.
Translated communications materials into 26 languages and alternative formats can also be requested.
The support services outlined above will be kept under regular review. The Government, the Home Office, and all our delivery partners involved in supporting applicants will endeavour to reinstate these support services to their original status when it is safe to do so.

EU Settlement Scheme: presentation

This presentation gives an overview of the EU Settlement Scheme.
Use this presentation to introduce EU citizens and non-EU citizen family members to the EU Settlement Scheme.


EU Settlement Scheme: factsheet

This A5 double-sided factsheet provides the key points of the EU Settlement Scheme on one side, and lists the support available on the reverse.
Print for EU citizens and non-EU citizen family members or share digitally.


EU Settlement Scheme: leaflet

This A5 leaflet provides key information about the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply.
Print for EU citizens and non-EU citizen family members or share digitally.


What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme is compulsory for EU nationals and will allow them and their families to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

Those who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years will need to apply for Pre-Settled Status, whereas those who’ve been here longer than 5 years can request Settled Status. Pre-Settled Status will enable applicants to stay here for another 5 years and they can then apply for Settled Status.

THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A FEE FOR THIS PROCESS Each adult application will cost £65 (children £32.50) and the received status will provide access to public services, funds and pensions in the UK.

The scheme will be fully operational by the end of March 2019 when the details are due to have been approved by Parliament. The deadline for applications from EU citizens and their families is 30th June 2021, so there’s no hurry!

EU Settlement Scheme Update

This is the latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK.

The EU Settlement Scheme is live
Following a period of extensive testing, the EU Settlement Scheme is fully open. Over 600,000 people have already applied under the Scheme to secure their rights and get the status they need to stay in the UK after Brexit for as long as they wish.

Our message to EU citizens remains the same. We want you to stay and to continue to call the UK your home.

It is a straightforward process

The service has been designed to make it as simple as possible for EU citizens and their family members to apply.

During the public test phase of the Scheme earlier this year, over 200,000 applications were received from citizens of all 27 EU countries:

– 95% of applicants successfully used the mobile phone app to prove their identity remotely, most in under 10 minutes
– 88% of applicants were able to have their UK residence automatically checked by providing their National Insurance number
– 81% of respondents reported that it was “very easy” or “fairly easy” to complete the application form

Apply today

If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family members can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge today. Applicants only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions.

You can find full guidance and start your application at:

If you would like to use the Android app to verify your identity, you can download the app from the Google Playstore. For guidance and a video demonstrating how to use the app, click here. This service will be available on Apple devices by the end of this year.

Alternatively, you can visit an identity scanner location to help you complete this part of the application process or you can post your document for verification.

It’ll be an online application process and there’ll be support on the phone or in person for people who don’t have access to a computer or need help with translation. Applicants will need to:

  • provide a valid passport or national identity card (via the post or an official App)
  • upload a recent digital photo of their face (it doesn’t have to be a passport photo)
  • give permission for the Government to check data (eg tax) which shows how long they’ve lived in the UK
  • answer questions about whether they have any criminal convictions

If they’re successful they can see proof of their status online, but they won’t receive a document. If their application doesn’t get the go ahead, they can appeal the decision or apply again.

Those who cannot use the online system can apply in person and provide documents to support an application.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid says the Goverment’s default position will be to grant the statuses within two weeks of the application being received.

Visit the Brexit Decoded Forum to connect with other people who’ll need to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status.

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