EU Settlement Scheme

Identity verification for applicants who don’t have an Android device with near field communication.

We are one of the 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 on 29 March 2019.

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.

If your mobile phone or other device doesn't have near field communication (NFC) and, 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.

All EU citizens with biometric passports and their familiy members with Biometric Residence Permits (BPR) will be eligible to apply and there is no restriction to any particular employment sectors. (Identity cards will not be accepted during this pilot phase).

Visit GOV.UK to find out more about the European Settlement Scheme

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 by -

  • calling 01482 300300
  • email at
  • we cannot provide this service to EU citizens who have already attempted to use the self service application. If you have used the self service application and submitted your application but have been unable to scan the chip on your passport you will need to post your passport to thr Home Office.

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. 

Visit GOV.UK to find out more about the EU settlement scheme and when it opens for all EU citizens in the UK 20200127165409