EU Settlement Scheme reopens

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The EU Settlement Scheme has been reopened for a public testing phase.

From 21 January 2019, the testing phase is open to EU citizens and their families who will need to be either:

  • a resident EU citizen (non–British) with a valid EU passport
  • a non-EU citizen family member of an EU citizen with a valid biometric residence card.

This testing phase will be available on all mobile, laptop and tablet devices.

For those EU staff who already have a valid permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain documentation, they will be able to exchange it for pre-settled status or settled status for free. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the scheme. You can find more resources and information on our EU Settlement Scheme web page.

Fee reimbursement

On 21 January 2019, the Prime Minister announced that from 30 March 2019 (when the system is fully launched) EU citizens and their families will not be charged a fee.

We have asked for clarity on how the refund system will work and as soon as this is known we will communicate directly to employers. We are aware that many employers across the NHS have already reimbursed staff for the fee. We are also seeking clarity on how the refund system will work in these cases.

The decision to waive the fee is positive, however, it is important that colleagues who apply during this public testing phase are aware they will be required to pay and will subsequently be refunded the money. In any communications with your EU staff, you may wish to ensure this message is clear so that colleagues can take this into consideration when they are deciding whether to apply now or after 30 March 2019.

For further information and contact details of the EU Settlement Scheme resolution centre, please visit the government website.

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