By Naila Khan
11 April 2019
You can apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK.
You must use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify that you are entitled to apply from outside the UK.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you must use your current valid passport or national identity card with a biometric chip.
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you must use your UK residence card with a biometric chip.
If you cannot scan your document
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and cannot verify your passport or national identity card using the app, the Home Office may ask you to send your document to them by post. You should consider whether local laws mean that you cannot post your identity document.
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and the app does not scan the biometric chip in your UK residence card, contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre. You should not send this document to the UK by post.
If you cannot post your identity document
Some countries do not allow identity documents to be sent across national borders or require you to keep it on your person. Please consult your local authority to confirm if you are allowed to post your identity document to the UK.
If you are not able to post your identity document to the Home Office, contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre.
These countries include:
- Congo (Brazzaville)
- Nigeria (and Benin)
- North Korea
- Northern Cyprus
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
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Naila Khan is an experienced Senior Immigration Advocate. She regularly advises clients on complex immigration issues.
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