Apply early for the EU settlement scheme

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 15, 2018 08:50 AM |
Universities are participating in a pilot to test the application process before it launches to the public in March 2019.

As the UK government enters the final stages of the Brexit negotiation period, University staff from the EU are being given the chance to apply for settled or pre-settled status early.

If you want to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, you need to get settled status or pre-settled status by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Making an application in the pilot is 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.

To take part in the pilot just send a blank email from your own email account to eusettlementpilot@homeoffice.gov.uk. It might take two to three weeks for you to receive your reply so please only send one email, and make sure you check your inbox and junk mail regularly.

The reply will contain a link to the online application form, and you will need to complete your application before 22 December 2018. Please note that you will need to access an Android device to complete the identity verification.

Members of staff who do not have their own Android device, but who wish to participate in the EU Settlement Scheme pilot can now access an Android phone to complete the identity check stage of their application. The phone is being kept in the HR Reception, which is on the ground floor of the Astley Clarke Building and open from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.

In order to use the app, eligible staff first need to email eusettlementpilot@homeoffice.gov.uk and receive a reply containing the link to start their application. The app checks your passport (if you are an EU citizen) or biometric residence card (if you are a non-EU family member of an EU citizen). You can then complete the rest of the application on any other device.

You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are working in the higher education sector in the UK, 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

More information on the EU Settlement Scheme is available on the Government’s website.

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