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Information about the EU Settlement Scheme for EU residents living in Swansea.

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The Government has just announced that one million EU citizens and their families from across the UK have now been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. 
 
The EU Settlement Scheme is designed to make it straightforward for EU citizens and their family members to stay after the UK leaves the EU.

To apply they only need to complete 3 key steps - prove their identity, show that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.

 

Key dates

As things stand, the UK is due to leave the EU at the end of October 2019.

Under the EU Settlement Scheme, EU citizens and their families will be able to apply to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond June 30 2021, or December 31 2020 if there is no deal.

There is no rush to apply as the settlement scheme will run until at least December 2020.

 

How to apply

You will need to apply online.

Application help (assisted digital service) 

If you need help to apply for the scheme call 03333 445 675 (9.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am - 4.00pm Saturday).

Depending on your needs, you will either be offered:

  • An appointment with someone at a local contact centre (see below)
  • Help over the phone
  • An appointment for someone to come to your home

Your local registered contact centre in Swansea is:

You must ring the number above first to make an appointment if you need face to face help with the online process. This will ensure we can meet your particular need for support and that a member of staff will be available for you when you visit.

Note: this is for help to fill out the application form only, not for immigration advice.

 

Frequently asked questions about the EU Settlement Scheme 

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme is a free scheme which enables EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, to obtain the status they will require in order to live and work in the UK after 30 June 2021 (or after 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal exit).

Applicants only need to complete three key steps - prove their identity, show that that they live in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.

It is designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible. Find out more at: https://eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk/

Why do EEA citizens need to apply?

The UK is leaving the EU which means that free movement will come to an end. This means that EEA citizens resident in the UK, and their family members, need to obtain a status in order to evidence their right to work, housing and benefits in the UK after 30 June 2021 (or after 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal exit). An EEA citizen with permanent residence status who wishes to continue living in the UK after then will either need to apply to the Scheme or, if they prefer and are eligible, apply for British citizenship. This is because permanent residence is a status acquired under EU law whereas the Scheme secures their status under UK law.

Is the scheme only available on Android?

No. Use of the Identity Document Check App, currently only available on Android devices, is entirely optional - it is just one of several ways people will be able to verify their identity, including by post.

There are over 80 locations where applicants can have their passport scanned and verified across the UK. Assisted digital support is available at over 300 locations, supplemented by a network of over 65 tutors who provide in home support, and there is also a dedicated telephone advice and support service for the Scheme.

During public testing of the EU Settlement Scheme 95% of applicants successfully used the App to prove their identity remotely, removing the need for them to submit their identity document to the Home Office for manual verification.

Currently, Apple iPhone users are not able to use their device to self-verify their identity using the App because it is the present policy of Apple not to allow any third party access to the iPhone "ID chip". However, the Home Secretary has confirmed that the App will be available on Apple devices later this year.

What support is available to EEA citizens?

Support is available to all EEA citizens online at: https://eucitizensrights.campaign.gov.uk/.

To help EEA citizens apply there is also a dedicated telephone advice service - The EU Settlement Resolution Centre - and there are over 1,500 staff who process EU Settlement Scheme applications.

There is an assisted digital service for EEA citizens in over 300 locations across the UK, offering support to those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online form.

The Home Office has also translated communications materials into 26 languages. Alternative formats can be requested.

The Home Office has made up to £9 million available to 57 voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK to help vulnerable or at-risk EEA citizens to apply. 

The funding will provide support to an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or at-risk EEA citizens.

Will the EU Settlement Scheme continue to operate now there has been an extension to Article 50 and what about in a no-deal scenario?

The scheme opened fully on 30 March 2019 despite the extension to Article 50. The deadline for applying in a deal will be 30 June 2021 or 31 December 2020 if there is a no deal.

 

Her Majesty's Government has also provided information in a step by step guide to settled and pre-settled EU citizens and their families. You can also chose to receive email updates from the Home Office.

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