EU settlement scheme

We participatinged in a Home Office pilot to test the EU settlement scheme ahead of public launch. It started in November and ran until 21 December 2018 and covered employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors.

The pilot tested 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.

Details of the scheme


Find out if you're eligible to apply

The local authority EU settlement service is only one of the available routes for you to apply under the scheme. Find out more about the various routes available to you.

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.


The EU settlement service pilot finished on 20 December 2018 and this pilot service is no longer offered.

During the appointment you will need to:

  • provide verification of identity. This document will be electronically scanned. Please bring to your appointment:
    • EU citizens - a valid biometric passport
    • non-EU citizen family member - biometric residence card with 'EU Right to Reside' on the back, which was applied for on or after 6 April 2015
  • verify residence in the UK. Please bring to your appointment:
    • National Insurance Number. Where this can't be proven automatically, you will be asked to provide further evidence on your application
    • other types of evidence you can use to verify residence
    • alternatively if you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to remain, proof of this status will be required
  • provide a valid mobile telephone number - we need to send you an SMS text generated pin number during the appointment in order to proceed. The pin can only be used once
  • undertake an electronic facial scan
  • complete an electronic criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions
  • provide a valid email address as verification

At the end of the appointment

The above information will be submitted electronically and the appointment will end.

Once submitted, an email with instructions on how to complete your application will be sent to the email address you provideded. You will then complete the remainder your application yourself at a later time in line with the guidance provided on the email from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).  


The cost of the EU settlement service is £14 (including VAT) and is in addition to the application fee payable to the Home Office.

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