Home Office launches iPhone app to aide in EU Settlement process

23 Oct 19

UNITED KINGDOM

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The Home Office has released an iPhone app designed to make it easier for individuals to verify their identity when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.

What does the change mean? Applicants with an iPhone 8 (or above) will be able to use the EU Exit ID Document Check APP to verify their identity. They must have a biometric passport or biometric residence permit (BRP) in order to use the app. Applicants who are unable to use the app can verify their identity by mailing their passport or by bringing it to any of more than 80 locations in the U.K. The app continues to be available to people who have an Android 6.0 (or above) as well; it is expected to be available for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus following an upcoming software update.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Processes affected: EU Settlement Scheme.
  • Who is affected: EU/EEA or Swiss nationals living in the U.K. and applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save time in the application process for those who are able to use the app to verify their identity. Completed applications usually take around five business days to process, though they can take as long as a month.
  • Next steps: The app can be used for the identity verification portion of the application only. The rest of the application can be filled out on www.gov.uk/apply-eu-settled-status.

Background: The app is part of an extensive effort by the Home Office to encourage EU/EEA or Swiss nationals to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline approaches. Currently, EU/EEA and Swiss nationals have until at least December 2020 to apply.

Analysis & Comments: The app could make it easier for some applicants to complete a key part of EU Settlement applications. EU/EEA and Swiss nationals who want to remain in the U.K. are encouraged to work closely with their immigration provider to determine whether they are eligible for the settlement scheme and, if so, how to go about completing their applications.

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