EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK

14 March 2019


The latest information on the EU Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK has been made available.


Although there is no legal obligation for employers to communicate the EU Settlement Scheme to their employees, you may wish to signpost the information that the Government is providing.


The full opening of the EU Settlement Scheme will go ahead on 30 March 2019. Applications will be free, as announced by the Prime Minister on 21 January 2019.



People who have paid an application fee during the test phases will receive a refund after 30 March 2019.

If you are due a refund you do not need to do anything. The fee will automatically be refunded to the card that was used to pay it. An email will be sent to the contact address provided in the application, confirming when the refund has been processed.


150,000 applications so far

Ahead of the full opening of the Scheme, the application process has been going through testing and some final changes have been made. By the end of February 2019, the Home Office had received more than 150,000 applications during the test phases. In the latest public test phase, 75% of applicants whose case had been decided received their decision within three days and 80% of those who provided feedback found the online application easy to complete.


To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, applicants will only need to prove their identity, demonstrate their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. Regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, EU citizens will have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.


Different ways to apply

EU citizens applying to the Scheme from 30 March 2019, will be able to send their passport or other identity documents by post if they do not wish to or cannot use the EU Exit ID Document Check App.


Face to face help is available at identity scanner locations where applicants can be helped to use the app and via an Assisted Digital network for people who would like more support.


From 9 April 2019, EU citizens and certain family members will be able to apply to the Scheme from outside the UK, free of charge and based on their previous residence in the UK, without needing to travel here to make an online application.


Resident citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members will also be able to apply to the Scheme.


Updates will continue on the latest developments concerning the Scheme, including detailed information on how to apply once the Scheme is fully live.


More information is available here.