EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME – PUBLIC EXPERIMENT PHASE
EU residents and their families who come across specific rules and presently live in the United Kingdom are presently able to apply for a settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, which was launched for public testing on 21st January 2019.
To be entitled to apply during the public test phase a candidate should be a EU citizen with a valid EU biometric passport or the non-EU citizen family member of an EU resident with a biometric residence card and have approach to a mobile device with NFC (Near-Field Communication) to utilize the “EU Exit: ID Document Check” app to confirm their identity.
After the applicant’s nationality and ID have been confirmed using the application, they are necessitated to finish the remaining application either on the same gadget or any other phone, laptop or computer. If the application does not read the microchip in the applicant’s passport or residence card, the applicant will be requested to mail the original credentials to the Home Office for manual confirmation of their nationality and identity, and information of how to do that are mentioned clearly in the mobile application.
Those European Union residential citizens and their non-EU family members as well as citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who are not entitled to apply during the public test phase will be able to create their applications once the system is fully functional on 30 March 2019.
EU citizens and their family members, at present have the following opportunities: either to apply under the EEA guidelines currently in place, or, on condition that they meet the afore mentioned conditions, under the new EU Settlement Scheme throughout the test phase, or after the EU Settlement Scheme is completely accessible to all applicants from 30 March 2019.
As stated before, the closing date for applications for settled and pre-settled status is presently set for 30 June 2021. Nevertheless, if the UK leaves the EU minus a deal, the cutoff date for applications is presently set to be 31 December 2020.