The full launch of the EU Settlement Scheme on 30 March 2019 was a welcome development for many EEA nationals keen to register their residence in the UK in the face of Brexit. Whether they were entitled to apply for pre-settled status (if they have been in the UK for less than 5 years) or settled status (if they have been in the UK for more than 5 years), it made sense that many applicants applied sooner rather than later. However, while the EU Settlement Scheme has been generally well-received, glitches in the system are materialising.
Importantly, individuals who have already applied for pre-settled status and are planning to convert to settled status should be aware of a current glitch in the system.
The Home Office has acknowledged that the EU Settlement Scheme does not currently allow for such a switch, leading to concern and confusion for many EEA nationals who are already struggling to come to terms with the unpredictability of the Brexit process and the impact it could have on their ability to stay in the UK. The Home Office has indicated that this glitch will be rectified anytime now.
It remains to be seen whether the much anticipated technological update to Apple iPhones materialises as planned this autumn, so that Apple and not just Android phones can scan ID for EU Settlement Scheme applications.
We continue to advise employers and individuals on all aspects of the EU Settlement Scheme and will provide updates as and when they happen.