New public test phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to start on 21 January

Building on the pre-Christmas pilot that was open to staff in the HE sector, this phase will be open to all EU citizens living in the UK who have a valid biometric passport. It will also be open to non-EU family members who have a valid biometric residence card.

Applications made during this test phase will help the UK government understand how the system is performing so that further improvements can be made before the scheme is fully rolled out by 30 March 2019.

How can I apply?

Applicants will be able to find the application form on GOV.UK from 21 January (please note, this is currently closed and will only open once the next phase of testing begins).

Applicants will again be required to prove their identity by using the EU Exit: Identity Document Check app as part of the online application process. This app is still only compatible with some Android devices. If you do not have such a device, you are still able to borrow one from IT Services for the purpose.

Who can apply?

The next phase of testing means that students and family members are able to apply provided they have either a biometric passport or biometric residence card.

EEA and Swiss nationals are not eligible to apply during the pilot but will be able to once the scheme is fully live by 30 March 2019. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but can if they so wish.


The settlement scheme charges a fee of £65. York employees can reclaim the cost of this fee from the University.

For any questions about an application made during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre by calling 0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) or +44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK). You can also ask a question using the online submissions form.

As and when more information regards the public test phase becomes available, we'll put this on our EU Settlement Scheme pages.