EU Settlement Scheme

17th May 2019

Philip Dunne MP is alerting EU citizens in South Shropshire that the EU Settlement Scheme is now fully open, following a period of extensive testing.

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members can now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme free of charge. More than 600,000 have already applied to secure the status needed to remain in the UK as long as they wish.

During the public test phase of the Scheme earlier this year, over 200,000 applications were received from citizens of all 27 EU countries:

  • 95% of applicants successfully used the mobile phone app to prove their identity remotely, most in under 10 minutes
  • 88% of applicants were able to have their UK residence automatically checked by providing their National Insurance number
  • 81% of respondents reported that it was “very easy” or “fairly easy” to complete the application form

Mr Dunne said:

“The message for EU citizens is clear – we want you to stay and continue to call the UK your home.

Earlier this week the ONS released figures showing there are a record number of EU citizens working in the UK, 98,000 more than last year – so contrary to those who feared otherwise, the UK continues to welcome EU citizens to live and work here.

I am pleased the full EU Settlement Scheme is open following extensive testing, and can be completed quickly and easily online with a need only to prove identity, UK residence, and to declare any criminal convictions. I encourage eligible South Shropshire residents to apply.”

For full guidance and to start an application, please visit www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families. Alternatively, for questions about an application or for help in applying the EU Settlement Resolution Centre can be contacted on 0300 123 7379.

 

Philip Dunne MP speaking in the House of Commons

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