I am writing to inform you that you can now take part in the EU Settlement Scheme pilot. This pilot applies to EU citizens and non-EU family members of EU citizens working in the health and social care sector. By taking part, you will be able to make an early application for your new UK immigration status so you can continue to live and work in the UK after the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.
Your participation in this pilot allows you to apply early to the EU Settlement Scheme and gives the Home Office an opportunity to test the application process. Successful applicants will not need to apply again for the same status once the scheme opens fully next year.
Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020. If you choose not to apply during this phase you will be able to apply once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019 and at any time up until 30 June 2021.
Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. They will not e required to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but may do so if they wish.
What you need to do:
If you would like to participate in the pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme, you need to complete the online application form by 22 December 2018 by accessing the following link:
Please do not forward this link as it is important that only those eligible to apply in this pilot do so now.
You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are working in the health and social care sector, and you are:
- an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
- a non-EU family member of an EU citizen and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you applied for on or after 6 April 2015
For more information on who can apply to this pilot, visit GOV.UK.
Application process during the pilot:
To apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme you will need to complete an online application:
- Provide your email address – Provide your email address – Consider whether a personal or work email address (if you have one) is more suitable as you will need access to this email account when making your application.
- Verify your identity – You will need to have a valid biometric passport or biometric residence card (issued by the Home Office) to apply in this pilot. All applicants must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity. A guide to using the app can be found on GOV.UK, please also see below for more information. After using the app to verify your identity, you can complete the rest of the application either on that device or on any smartphone, laptop or computer. The application process during the pilot scheme is fully digital.
- Criminality check – You will need to complete the criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application. This should not affect the vast majority of EU citizens and their family members.
- Verify your residence in the UK – You will need to provide evidence of your residence in the UK. There are a number of ways you can do this. The easiest is to provide your National Insurance number. The Home Office will then check UK tax and certain benefits data, and use those records to help work out how long you have been resident in the UK. You’ll get a result of this check straightaway. If you agree with the result, you can accept it and complete your application. If you disagree, this is not a problem, as you will be able to upload additional evidence of your residence. Information on the other types of evidence you can upload can be found on GOV.UK. If you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to enter or remain, you will just need to provide proof of that status.
- Pay any application fee – NHS Fife will reimburse directly employed staff for the costs of making an application. All qualifying Fife Council employees should provide their receipt electronically to their manager. The manager will then email this to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Payroll team will input the data. This reimbursement will not be extended to family members. The cost of an application is £65 for those aged 16 or over and a receipt or other proof of payment will be required when reclaiming these costs. Please note application is free if you have a valid permanent residence document or valid indefinite leave to enter of remain.
EU Exit: ID Document Check app:
To apply during this pilot you will need to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app, which will verify your identity. The app is being tested in this pilot and it will be the only way to verify your identity in the pilot application process. You can download this app on an Android device – an easy way to check if your device can use this app, is if your device has the technology to make contactless payments. Information on how to access the app will be included in the application process.
If you do not have an Android device, you will be able to use a family member/friend’s device to verify your identity and then complete the application on any device you choose. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device. More information on how to use the app can be found on GOV.UK. If you cannot get access to this app you will not be able to apply in this pilot, but there will be alternative ways for you to verify your identity once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019.
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 on www.gov.uk/call-charges. You can also ask a question using the online submissions form eu-settled-status-enquiries.service.gov.uk.
An assisted digital service is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. If you require such support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445675 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Further information on this service can be found on GOV.UK.
For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit GOV.UK.
Michael Kellet, Director, Health and Social Care Partnership