The EU Settlement Scheme has been fully open since 30 March 2019. EU, other EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members have until 30 June 2021 to apply.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme is a free Scheme which enables EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after it leaves the EU.
Applicants only need to complete three key steps – prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.
It is designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible. For further information, click here.
Why do EEA citizens need to apply?
The UK is leaving the EU which means that free movement will come to an end. This means that EEA citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, need to obtain a status in order to evidence their right to work, study, housing and benefits in the UK.
An EEA citizen with permanent residence status who wishes to continue living in the UK after then will either need to apply to the Scheme or, if they prefer and are eligible, apply for British citizenship. This is because permanent residence is a status acquired under EU law whereas the Scheme secures their status under UK law.
How many people have applied?
According to the latest internal figures there have been more than 2.8 million applications and 2.5 million granted status. The latest published statistics are up to the end of December 2019. Updated figures are published each month.
Is the Scheme only available on Android?
No. Individuals can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme using any laptop or mobile device. The app is entirely optional and is just one of several ways people can verify their identity, including by post or at one of the more than 80 locations across the UK where applicants can have their passport scanned and verified.
In October 2019, the Home Office released the EU Exit: ID Document Check app for iPhone devices. The app is now available on the app store for iPhone models 7 and above.
What support is available to EEA citizens?
Support is available to all EEA citizens online here.
To help EEA citizens apply there is also a dedicated telephone advice service – The EU Settlement Resolution Centre - and there are over 1,500 staff who process EU Settlement Scheme applications.
There is an assisted digital service for EEA citizens in over 300 locations across the UK, offering support to those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online form.
The Home Office has also translated communications materials into 26 languages. Alternative formats can be requested.
The Home Office has made up to £9 million available to 57 voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK to help vulnerable or at-risk EEA citizens to apply. The funding will provide support to an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or at-risk EEA citizens.