Immigration: EU Nationals:Written question - 226689

Asked by Jo Stevens
(Cardiff Central)

Named Day

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Asked on: 27 February 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the planned locations are for the ID Document scanners for the EU citizens settlement scheme for users unable to access an Android phone in Wales.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 04 March 2019

The application process for the EU Settlement Scheme is straightforward and user-friendly, and it is 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 publicly available in the Google Play Store.

Applicants who do not have access to a device with a compatible operating system can, if they wish, use a family member or friend’s compatible Android device to access the app, and complete the rest of the process on their own device.

Additionally, we currently have 13 locations across the UK where applicants can have their identity document scanned and verified, if they choose to do so. During the public test phase for the scheme, there has been an identity document scanning location in Caerphilly. We are working with local government bodies across the UK to increase the provision of this service by local authorities.

This is an entirely voluntary test phase and once the EU Settlement Scheme is fully open by 30 March, the app will be optional. Applicants will be able to post their identity document to the Home Office to be checked and returned quickly. There will also be over 50 locations across the UK where applicants can have their identity document scanned and verified to provide further options for applicants.

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