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EU Settlement Scheme ‘No Deal’ Clarification & EUSS Updates from Home Office

This bulletin contains updates on the latest EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) news and activity.

EU Settlement Scheme – ‘No deal’ clarification

We want to reassure all EU citizens and their family members in the UK that they still have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, even in the event of a no-deal exit. Furthermore, if someone who is eligible for status is not in the UK when we leave the EU, they will still be free to enter the UK as they do now.

Those who have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services. Those rights will not change. EU citizens will continue to be able to prove their rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now.

Further details can be found in the Home Office free movement factsheet.

EU Settlement Scheme statistics, 2019

In August, the Home Office published its first quarterly statistics release of more detailed information on the progress of the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

This quarterly publication complements the high-level monthly statistical releases on the progress of the EUSS and takes a more in-depth look at the total number of applications to the EUSS and their outcomes, covering the period between the launch of the first private beta scheme to the end of Q2 2019 (28 August 2018 to 30 June 2019).

This report provides breakdowns of total and concluded applications by:

  • Nationality
  • Age group
  • Constituent parts of the UK
  • Outcome type

A separate data table on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, by region and local authority, for the period 28 August 2018 to 30 June 2019, has been released alongside this report.

The next quarterly statistics will be published in November 2019 and the high-level statistics will continue to be released monthly.

Two million EUSS applications made  

Earlier this month, the Home Office announced that over two million people have made applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.

We would appreciate your support in sharing details about the Scheme with your citizens and wider network to amplify this message.

Please find attached a resource for you to use to share this message.

When posting the asset, we suggest that your posts emphasise that the EUSS deadline hasn’t changed, for example:

#EUcitizens and their families have until December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Join the two million who have already applied. Apply now: www.gov.uk/apply-eu-settled-status

Postcode checker

The Home Office has launched a search functions on the GOV.UK website to enable users to find their nearest support services for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The grant funded postcode checker includes the network of 57 organisations who have received grant funding from the Home Office to support EU citizens who might need additional help when applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. There is also a postcode checker showing the UK-wide network of ID document scanners, where individuals can go to get their biometric ID document scanned, as an alternative to using the EU Settlement Scheme app.

A tool will soon be available on GOV.UK to locate the nearest assisted digital support centres.

EUSS UK pilot pop-up events

To help raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme at a local level, the Home Office is holding a series of innovative pilot pop-up events across the UK where staff will answer questions about the Scheme and help people to apply in person.

Home Office Minister, Brandon Lewis, attended the launch in Great Yarmouth on Friday 6 September 2019 and further pop-ups have taken place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Nottingham and Tower Hamlets so far. Future pop-up events are scheduled to take place in Birmingham (29 October), and Bristol (11 November).

Apple App Launch – Beta version of the EUSS App now available

The iOS version of EU Exit ID Document Check App is now available on the Apple App Store.

EU, citizens, and their non-EU family members, are now able to complete the identity stage of the EU Settlement Scheme application with iPhone models 8 and above. We hope to expand this to the iPhone 7 and 7 plus shortly following an upcoming iOS software update.

The iOS app works in the same way as the Android App, enabling applicants to verify their identity remotely without the need to post their ID document to the Home Office.

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