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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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European Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme - Identity verification for applicants who don’t have an Android device with near field communication

We are one of 12 local authorities participating in the pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme for those applying for Settled Status.

The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. The second phase of the pilot began in November and ended on 21 December 2018. The pilot has now re-opened from 21 January 2019 and will run until 30 March 2019 when it opens fully. It will now cover all EU citizens and their families.

This pilot is testing 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. Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

If your mobile phone or other device does not have near field communication (NFC) and you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase, you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. The purpose of the scan is to confirm your identity so that you will be able to make an application for settled status. We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you will not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for settled status.

Who is eligible to apply during the pilot phase?

The local authority EU Settlement Service is only one of the available routes for you to apply under the scheme. More information on applying for settled status is available on GOV.UK.

If you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase and wish to book an appointment to use the EU Settlement Service, please contact us on 01642 527720 or email [email protected]

What to bring to your appointment

  • Your current valid biometric EU passport or valid biometric residence card

  • A mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email

    Please note: this service does not currently accept national identity cards. Only the ID documents listed above can be checked during this pilot phase.

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

    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.