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Factsheet: EU Settlement Scheme fee waiver

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The Prime Minister has today (21 January) announced that EU citizens applying for the EU Settlement Scheme will not have to pay a fee when the Scheme is fully rolled out by 30 March.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme will enable EU citizens resident in the UK and their family members to obtain the UK immigration status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

For further information, click here.

Will you refund EU citizens who have taken part in the private and public test phases and have already paid the fee?

Anyone who has or will apply during the pilot phases will have their fee reimbursed.

How can an applicant get their money back if they have already paid?

The Home Office will set out full details in due course.

Will the public test phase continue?

We are continuing to test the Scheme. Anyone taking part in this will be reimbursed in full.

Who can apply during public testing?

EU citizens with a valid EU passport, as well as their non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card, are able to apply in this public test.

For more information on the EU Settlement Scheme, including on how to apply, click here.

When will people have to apply for status through the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019. Under the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021.

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