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  • UPDATE Update on EU Settlement Scheme during COVID-19 outbreak

    The EU Settlement Scheme is still open and applications are being processed during lockdown. In fact, we even had an application decided in under 24 hours: Right of Abode or SS - UKCEN Citizenship and Residence for European Nationals and their families

    Biometrics centres are currently closed, that means applicants who need to book a biometrics appointment to start the application process are currently unable to apply.

    Applicants who have already done biometrics will have their applications processed and decided as usual.

    Applications may take a little longer during lockdown.

    Applicants who can use the app can apply as usual, that includes EEA nationals with a chipped passport or ID card that can be read by the app and non EEA nationals with a valid biometric card (PR or residence card).


    The EUSS resolution centre is still responding to email enquiries.

    Currently, the EUSS is not able to answer telephone enquiries.

    Below is the latest communication from the Home Office in respect to the EUSS

    As a result of COVID-19, some of the support services and application routes have temporarily changed in line with the latest Public Health England advice. However, individuals can continue to apply using any laptop or mobile device and they can still use the “EU Exit ID Document check app” to complete the identity stage of their application.

    While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. A range of support continues to be available online, by email and telephone for those who have questions or need help applying.

    The Settlement Resolution Centre will continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required. However, it is following all the latest Public Health England advice to work from home where possible and will no longer be answering inbound telephone calls. We are keeping this situation under constant review and will endeavour to reinstate the telephone support service as soon as reasonably possible in line with public health guidance.

    There are 57 voluntary and community sector organisations across the UK which can offer assistance online, over the telephone or by email to help more vulnerable or at-risk people to apply. Please check with the individual organisations for further details.

    Additional support is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which offers assistance over the telephone.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.


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    Further update regarding application numbers

    Over 3.1 million granted status under EU Settlement Scheme

    Yesterday (16 April 2020) the Home Office announced that more than 3.14 million (3,147,000) applications under the EU Settlement Scheme have been concluded. Of these, 58 per cent have been granted settled status and 41 per cent have been pre-settled status.

    The official monthly statistics show there have been more than 3.4 million applications received up to 31 March 2020, with more than a year before the deadline of 30 June 2021 to apply. More than three million applications from England, more than 172,000 from Scotland, more than 56,000 from Wales and more than 57,000 from Northern Ireland were received.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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      I have heard that the resolution centre telephone service has resumed. As expected, lines are likely to be busy, and it's still a good idea to use the enquiry form rather than call when possible.

      I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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