European settlement service

Update on the EU Settlement Scheme

There have been reports in the media and on social media regarding plans to end freedom of movement after we leave the EU, as well as what this means for EU citizens resident in the UK.

We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that you still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they are now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in our free movement factsheet, but you can also make an enquiry in writing via the GOV.UK website.

EU Settlement Scheme

If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status.

This will mean you can continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status.

Trafford is one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens complete the ID verification part of the process.

Who can apply?

Information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the GOV.UK website.

There will be no change to current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Identity verification

You’ll need a compatible Android phone or tablet if you want to scan your identity document yourself, this can be your own phone or tablet or someone else’s.

If your mobile phone or other device doesn’t have near field communication (NFC) you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. You will then be able to make an application for pre-settled or settled status.

We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you should not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for pre-settled or settled status.

Please note that if you have already submitted your application for pre-settled or settled status then you are required to post your ID document to the Home Office even if you attend the local authority EU Settlement Service. If you have attempted self service and submitted your application without completing the ID verification process then please contact the Home Office

If you wish to book an appointment to use the EU Settlement Service, please contact 0161 912 3026

What to bring to your appointment

  • your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email

Only the ID documents listed above can be checked by us, if you do not have one of these ID documents then please click on the link below for your options.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the EU Settlement Service is £14