The EU Settlement Scheme should be fully in place from 30 March 2019 and will allow EU nationals and their family members to apply for “pre-settled” status and “settled” status.
From 21 January 2019, the scheme will be available to resident EU citizens and their EU citizen family members with a valid passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card.
The process for applying under this new Scheme is quite unclear and can be confusing as the Home Office does not provide a lot of information about the steps to undertake in order to apply.
Barar & Associates provides a summary below of the steps that EU nationals and their family members will need to carry out to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.
1. First of all, you need to download the EU Exit: ID Document check app on your phone or tablet, where you will need to scan the biometric details of your passport and take a photo of yourself.
If you cannot use the app, you can make an appointment (this can be chargeable) to scan your ID document. You can access the list of locations offering ID document scanning via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-id-document-scanner-locations/locations-offering-chip-checker-services.
2. Once the above is done, the Home Office will send you a link via email or text complete the EU Settlement online application form.
3. You will then need to provide the relevant documents to support your application.
4. Finally, you will have to make the payment of £65 for adults and £32.50 for children. However, the government confirmed that the EU settlement scheme will be free from 30 March 2019 and that they will refund previous applications.
Please note that registration will be compulsory and should be done before 30th June 2021.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact our friendly team of experts at Barar & Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0207 487 8370.