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You can now get an EU Settlement Scheme application form online
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Most people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme do so entirely online. A minority cannot, including adults without a valid passport, young children with no ID at all and non-EU citizens who qualify for the scheme under various scenic routes (known to lawyers as Zambrano, Chen, Ibrahim/Teixeira and Surinder Singh).
Those people previously had to call the Settlement Scheme helpline and ask for a paper application form to be posted out. With days to go before the main application deadline, some readers have told us that they are unable to get through.
Possibly as a result, the Home Office has now put those application forms on its website. There are six in total, four that are specific to the routes named above, and then two general ones (MAIN for EU citizens, FM for their family members). Note that the general use forms are only for:
- people who have been in touch with the helpline already and been told they are allowed to use the form, or
- people who have no valid passport/ID card and need to rely on alternative evidence of their identity
The deadline for most applications is 30 June 2021. Our friends at Seraphus advise that it is better to get an application in by that date even if some supporting documents are missing; you should have a chance to provide more evidence later.
This article was originally published on 10 June and has been updated several times. Our thanks to Coram Children’s Legal Centre for highlighting the forms.