Immigration: Computer Software:Written question - 213386

Asked by Kate Hollern

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Asked on: 28 January 2019
Home Office
Immigration: Computer Software
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the Government's settled status app is only available on Android platforms; and whether he plans to make that app available for other platforms.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 31 January 2019

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The application process is short and user-friendly, and it will be accessible on any smartphone, tablet or computer using internet browsers.

The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app – which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely, without sending in their passport or national identity card – is currently available only on Android devices. Applicants can, if they wish, use a family member or friend’s Android device to access the app, and complete the rest of the process on their own device.

Additionally, we currently have 13 locations where applicants can have their ID document scanned, if they choose to do so. Once the scheme is fully open, by 30 March 2019, there will be over 50 locations across the UK where applicants can have their identity document scanned. Applicants will also be able to post identity documents to the Home Office to be checked and re-turned quickly.

The Home Office and Apple continue to engage to see if we can provide the equivalent service for those with Apple devices.

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