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
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: http://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
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.
There isn’t a requirement for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything yet, as there will be no changes to their status whilst the UK remains in the EU. Put simply, this means no change until 30 June 2021 – as long as you qualify to register for Settled Status .
The British Government is providing updates on its website at www.gov.uk which outline the criteria for registration, plus they have said they’ll release details of the online registration scheme shortly.
Brexit Decoded will also provide you with regular updates on the process via our Blog and you can use the Forum to discuss all the issues – as they arise – with other members and ask the questions important to you.
We’ll break down details of how to register for Settled or Pre-Settled status as soon as that information is available – and also provide handy feedback and suggestions from both our members and professional contributors.