If you’re an EU citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021 – or alternatively the earlier date of 31 December 2020 should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

Newcastle City Council is one of the local authorities taking part in a pilot phase of the EU Settlement Scheme, before the scheme formally launches to the public on 30 March 2019.

The pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens will use when the scheme opens fully, so feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process.

Who can apply?

Information on who is eligible to apply during the pilot phase can be found on the Gov.uk website.

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 either 31 December 2020 or 30 June 2021.

Identity verification service

Applying for pre-settled or settled status is done via an online form which can be found on the GOV.uk website.

As part of the process you will need to scan and verify your biometric ID documents.  To do this you will need a compatible Android phone or tablet.

As part of the scheme Newcastle Registration Service can support you in your application by scanning and verifying your passport or biometric permit for you. If you do not have access to a compatible mobile phone or other device and you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase, you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us.  We will scan and verify your document and you can then make your online application for settled status.

We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you should not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for settled status.

If you are eligible to apply for settled status during the pilot phase and wish to book an appointment to have your documents scanned and verified, please phone 0191 2787878 and ask for Registrars.

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

Only the ID documents listed above can be checked during this pilot phase.

The cost of the ID Verification Service is £14 (including VAT) which is payable at the time of booking.  Payment can be made by credit or debit card over the phone. Cash payments can be made by visiting the Register Office, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.  If you are unable to attend your appointment you should let us know at least 24 hours beforehand.  If you cannot attend and you do not let us know your fee will not be refunded.

Find out more about the EU settlement scheme

Page last updated: 
6 February 2019
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