Written by: Martine Berg Olsen – Thursday 20 Jun 2019 2:28 pm
Some 166,900 people applied to the Government’s EU settlement scheme in May to secure their post-Brexit status, statistics released on Thursday show.
As of May 31, the total number of applications since the scheme was opened was 788,200, with 668,000 applications concluded, according to the Home Office release.
Of these, 66 per cent were granted settled status and 34 per cent were granted pre-settled status.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who was knocked out of the leadership race today, told parliament on June 10 that the number had risen to more than 800,000, and that almost 700,000 people had been successful.
It is the second time the monthly stats have been released since the scheme opened to the public on March 30.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: ‘The EU Settlement Scheme is making really good progress and more than 800,000 people have already applied, with almost 700,000 granted status.
‘The scheme is simple and free and EU citizens have until at least December 31 2020 to apply so we are well on track to deliver on our promise to protect the rights of EU citizens.’
Overall, the majority of applications were made in England at 726,700, with 33,600 from Scotland, 17,600 from Wales and 9,000 from Northern Ireland.
The Home Office figures show that Poles continue to apply more than any other nationality, with 132,400 Polish applications.
There were 110,900 Romanian and 91,400 Italian applications.
As well as EU nationals, the scheme is open to citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, which are in the European Economic Area (EEA) but not EU member states, as well as those from Switzerland.
Non-EEA family members can also apply, and as of May 31 there had been around 33,400 applications.
Successful applicants are granted immigration status confirming their right to continue living and working in the UK indefinitely.
People who have lived continuously in the country for five years can obtain settled status.
Those with less than five years’ residence can acquire pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status.
Following three trial phases, the scheme went fully live at the end of March.
The following are excerpts from recent Industry articles regarding the new Home Office app, developed by WorldReach Software, for EU citizens registering to stay in the UK:
Original article was posted on May 1, 2018 written by Thomas Colson for the Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-brexit-application-smartphone-process-for-eu-citizens-2018-4
“The app will be able to scan passports with biometric chips which instantly upload a user’s data to the cloud. But there will also be non-digital options available, the Home Office said, likely to be similar to the ones that currently exist for visa extensions and permanent citizenship applications.
That said, the app will be an important part of the registration process for many people as it will allow those with the right technology to identify themselves almost instantly. One EU citizen asked to test-run the app, which remains in its pilot phase, told BI how it currently works:
1. When you open the app, you will be asked to answer some basic questions: Your name, whether you’re an EU national, whether you live in the UK, and whether you have a criminal record.
2. You will then be asked to provide documentation proving your identity. If your passport contains a biometric chip, you will be able to scan it using an Android phone’s built-in scanning software. Apple doesn’t allow third-party apps to use that software, which means the app won’t work on iPhones, a problem the Home Office revealed in a meeting with MEPs this week.
The person who tested the app said their passport was recognised and scanned by the phone almost instantly.
3. You will then be asked to take a selfie, which appears to be for the purpose of verifying that you are who say you are.
If you are unable to access an Android phone, it will be possible to revert to more old-fashioned methods of proving your identity, such as posting a passport or ID card to a processing centre.”
Original article was posted on April 25, 2018 written by Lis Evenstad for Computer Weeekly: https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252439863/Home-Office-Brexit-app-only-works-for-Android-users
“The WorldReach part of the contract is for the smartphone technology ‘to develop a secure and easy-to-use digital solution’. WorldReach specialises in providing immigration apps that use a smartphone NFC reader to scan the chips in passports.”
WorldReach Software works with national governments to help them:
The WorldReach Know Your Traveller (TM) platform is our remote identity verification (IDV) and document authentication capability.