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16 January 2019

Update On EU Settlement Scheme - Next Pilot Phase

The Home Office has just announced the next phase of the settlement scheme. From Monday 21 January, the next pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme will go live. Building on the testing already undertaken in the higher education sector, this phase will be open to all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It will also be open to non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card.

Applicants will be able to access the application form direct on GOV.UK.

Please note, this is currently closed and will only open once the next phase of testing begins.

By applying during this test phase, applicants will continue to provide valuable insight into how the system is performing so that further improvements can be made before the scheme is fully rolled out by Saturday 30 March 2019.

Who can apply

The next phase of testing means that students and family members are able to apply provided they have either a biometric passport or biometric residence card. EEA and Swiss nationals are not eligible to apply during the pilot but will be able to once the scheme is fully live by Saturday 30 March 2019. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but they can if they want to.


For any questions about an application made during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). Find out about call charges here. You can also ask a question using the online submissions form.

For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit GOV.UK.

(16 Jan 2019)