Most people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme do so online. A minority of people cannot. This includes young children with no ID, and those who are not EU citizens but who nevertheless qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme under a variety of scenic routes (known to lawyers as Zambrano, Chen, Ibrahim, Surinder Singh and Lounes). Those people have to call the Settlement Scheme helpline and ask for a paper application form to be posted out, filled in and returned.
With 20 days to go before the Settlement Scheme deadline, the Home Office now says that these application forms can be sent and returned by email instead of by post. This doesn’t seem to be mentioned on its website yet, but officials have been letting lawyers and charities know in correspondence. Marianne Lagrue from Coram Children’s Legal Centre has the following message direct from the EUSS Grants Team:
With effect from Wednesday 9th June 2021 it is now possible to request paper application forms from the SRC [Settlement Resolution Centre] to be sent via email, this will hopefully speed up the process.
In addition to this, if required, it is also possible to submit a paper form via email, although this needs to be specifically requested when requesting the paper application.
Presumably non-bulk requests for an emailed application form can also go to EUSSGrants@homeoffice.gov.uk; we’ll try to confirm that.