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

We are one of a number of local authorities participating in pilot phases of the EU Settlement Scheme for those applying for settled status.

The pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens will use when the scheme opens fully in March 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 ID 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 ID document and in most cases you will not usually be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for settled status. 

Information on who is eligible to apply during the pilot phase can be found here

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 email or telephone 01443 863478.  

What to bring to your appointment

  • Your current valid biometric EU passport (for EU citizens) or valid biometric residence card (for non-EU family members of EU citizens)
  • A mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email

Please note: this service does not currently accept national identity cards. Only the ID documents listed above can be checked during this pilot phase.

The fee payable to the local authority for using the document check service is £14 (including VAT).

Please note that 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. 

Find out more about the EU settlement scheme and when it opens for all EU citizens in the UK

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