Bath and North East Somerset Registration service take the health and wellbeing of our staff and the public very seriously and in light of the Covid-19 outbreak we will be suspending the Document Verification Service until further notice as of 18th March 2020.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens must be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those who are resident before this date, have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your EU or non-EU family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021.

If your application is successful, you will either be granted settled or pre-settled status.

What is settled status?

If you are granted settled status you will be able to stay in the UK and live your life as you do now. You will have the same access to benefits, public services and healthcare.

You may qualify for settled status if you have lived in the UK for five years.

You will be granted pre-settled status if you have lived in the UK for less than five years. You will enjoy the same rights to live, work and healthcare, but pre-settled status does not count as "right to reside" for the purposes of welfare benefits.

If you have pre-settled status you will need to apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires. You will be able to do this as soon as you have lived in the UK for five years continuously.

Who can apply?

Information on who can apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the Gov.UK website

For more information on the transition period please visit the Gov.UK website

Identity verification

You will need a compatible smart phone or tablet with near field communication (NRC) if you want to scan your document yourself, this can be your own device or someone else's. 

You will need to use the 'EU Exit:ID Document Check' app.

How we can help with the process?

Bath and North East Somerset is one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens complete the ID verification part of the application. 

If you are unable to verify your identity document using the ' EU Exit: ID Document Check' app, you can book an appointment with us to bring your document along to be checked and verified for you. You will then be able to make your application online for pre-settled or settled status.

If you would like to use the document verification service please do not start the application before you attend your appointment. If you do we will be unable to digitally verify your ID document and you will have to send it to the Homeoffice yourself.

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 pre-settled or settled status.

If you wish to use this service please book an appointment by calling 01225 477 234. The fee for this service is £14 which will need to be paid over the phone when you book with us.

What to bring to your appointment
  • your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • a mobile phone which can receive a text message during the appointment (a one-off 6 digit code will be sent to your mobile number during the process)
  • a valid email address which you will need to access after the appointment to continue your application online. The email received after your appointment with us is time sensitive so please ensure you follow the instructions and link on the email as soon as possible.

Only the ID documents listed above can be checked by us, if you do not have one of these ID documents then please click on the link below for your options.

Find out more about the EU settlement scheme

What to do if there is a problem after you have had your document verified?

Contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre if you need help or information about your EU Settlement Scheme application.

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