We are one of the local authorities participating in the pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme for those applying for Settled Status.
The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. The next phase of the pilot starts on January 21st 2019 and runs until 29th March 2019.
This pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens will use when the scheme opens fully. Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process before the scheme fully launches to the public by March 2019. Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.
If your mobile phone or other device does not have near field communication (NFC) and you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase, you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. The purpose of the scan is to confirm your identity so that you will be able to make an application for settled status. We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you will not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for settled status.
The local authority EU Settlement Service is only one of the available routes for you to apply under the scheme. More information on the various routes available.
If you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase and wish to book an appointment to use the EU Settlement Service, please contact us on 01225 477234.
What to bring to your appointment
- your current valid biometric EU passport or valid biometric residence card
- a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email
Please note: this service does not currently accept national identity cards. Only the ID documents listed above can be checked during this pilot phase.
The cost of the EU Settlement Service is £14 (including VAT) and is in addition to the application fee payable to the Home Office.
Please be aware that if you have previously attempted to verify your documents using the app and been unsuccessful we will be unable to assist you.
Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.