Most people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme do so online. A minority cannot, including adults without a valid passport and children with no ID at all.
Those people have had to call the Settlement Scheme helpline and ask for a paper application form to be posted out to them. 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 that application form on its website. The form can be downloaded and submitted by email or post, but there are important restrictions. It is 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, as above, have no valid passport/ID card and need to rely on alternative evidence of their identity
Our friends at Seraphus also advise that this form cannot be used by non-EU citizens who qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme under a variety of scenic routes (known to lawyers as Zambrano, Chen, Ibrahim, Surinder Singh and Lounes) and also have to apply on paper. Such applicants still need to request a different type of paper form from the helpline.
Approved NGOs and local councils can request these specialised application forms by emailing the EUSS Grants Team rather than having to phone up.
‼️Calling all EU citizens who need to apply for Settled Status by 30 June but have expired ID documents ‼️— Seraphus (@theseraphus) June 16, 2021
DO NOT call the Home Office to ask for an application form.
The forms are now available to download online here: https://t.co/bH9No7ySkG
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This article was originally published on 10 June and has been updated several times in light of changing information about the process for obtaining a paper form.