After successful private pilots of the system, the next testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme is now opening more widely
EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid passport will be able to take part in a public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme.
From 21 January 2019, EU citizens, as well as their non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card, will be able to apply for the immigration status they will need once the UK has left the EU. By applying during this test phase, they will also provide valuable insight into how the system is performing so that further improvements can be made before the scheme is fully rolled out from March 2019.
The public testing follows a successful private beta phase with employees in the higher education, health and social care sectors.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:
Securing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK has always been our priority.
We are well on track to deliver a system that will make it easy and straightforward for them to obtain status once we have left the EU and continue to live their lives much as they do now.
This is a completely voluntary test phase, which will give us valuable insight into how the system works and if any changes need to be made before the full launch.
Am I eligible to apply?
You can find out if you are eligible to apply for the pilot by visiting the gov.uk web site.
What do I need to apply?
Your individual circumstances will inform the documents needed to apply. You can find out exactly what documents you will need to provide on the gov.uk web site.
Do I need an android device to apply?
The new, wider test phase will again require applicants to prove their identity by using the EU Exit: Identity Document Check app which is part of the integrated online application process. There will also be support for EU citizens who might need additional help in making their application.
You’ll be able to complete the application form online using any device (for example, an iPhone). You’ll be able to get support over the phone or in person if you need help doing things online. You’ll only need an Android phone or tablet if you want to scan your identity document - you can send it by post if you do not have access to one.
If you wish to use an android device and are unable to source one that has access to the ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check app’, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able arrange an appointment to use a device at King's Meadow Campus.
Will the application fee be reimbursed?
The Vice-Chancellor’s blog of 20 November stated: “The University will pay the registration fee for all European staff and their families should they wish to apply for settled status under the scheme.” See the EU Settlement Fees Reimbursement FAQs web page for further information on who is eligible and how to make a claim.
Where can I go for more support?
If you have any questions regarding the pilot you can use the Government EU Settlement Resolution Centre.
You can call the centre from Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm, excluding public holidays, and on Saturday and Sunday between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.
- Inside the UK: 0300 123 7379
- Outside the UK: 0203 080 0010
Ask a question about applying for settled status
Gov.uk - Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families
After the pilot
The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019, and EU citizens will have until 30 June 2021 to apply, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement.