European settlement service

EU Settlement Scheme - Identity verification for applicants who don’t have an Android device with near field communication.

We are one of 12 local authorities participating in the third 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. This third phase of the pilot starts on 21 January 2019.

This pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens will use when the scheme opens fully in 2019. Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process before the scheme fully launches to the public by March 2019.

If your mobile phone or other device doesn’t 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 identification 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 identification document and in most cases you will not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for settled status.

Visit the website, where information on who is eligible to apply during the pilot phase can be found.

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 telephone 0161 912 3026.

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

This service does not currently accept national identity cards. Only the identification documents listed above can be checked during this pilot phase.

The cost of the EU Settlement Service is £14 (including VAT). There is no fee payable to the Home Office for the application itself.

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.

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