European Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Applying to the European Union Settlement Scheme.

Oxfordshire County Council will assist residents completing the ID verification process to the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

Oxford Register Office and 16 libraries across the county will offer the document validation service as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

Settled or pre-settled status will enable European Union, European Economic Area or Swiss citizens to continue living in the UK beyond June 30, 2021.

Protecting rights of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK

Should Britain leave the EU with no deal on October 31, residents will have until December 31, 2020, to apply to the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS). If there is a deal, residents will have until June 30, 2021, to apply.

If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status. This means you’ll be able to:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK

Identity verification

To apply to the EUSS, residents will need a current valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

In addition to completing an online application, applicants are required to scan their identity documents using a compatible Android phone or an IPhone7 or later or a tablet. This can be your own phone or tablet or someone else’s. 

If your mobile phone or other device doesn’t have near field communication (NFC), you can drop into one of our 16 libraries, where you can make use of an Android device to complete the first part of the application process; scanning your documents. You can visit the following libraries:

  • Abingdon
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Botley
  • Carterton
  • Cowley
  • Didcot
  • Headington
  • Henley
  • Kidlington
  • Oxfordshire County Library
  • Summertown
  • Thame
  • Wallingford
  • Wantage
  • Witney

Once this is completed, you will be able to complete the application yourself on any device or computer. You will need to bring their own mobile phone to accept a pin verification code as part of the process.

Residents requiring assistance to scan their documents can drop into the Oxford Register Office who can provide support. The Register Office offers a drop in service every weekday morning 9 - 11am. Users will need to bring their own mobile phone to accept a pin verification code for this service. There will be a £14 fee for non-Oxfordshire residents using this service at Oxford Register Office, so please bring proof of residence along.

Residents requiring support to complete the whole application can request this from the Home Office by contacting the Assisted Digital Service.

Information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the GOV.UK website.