European Settlement Service

If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. 

You have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

We are one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens complete the ID verification part of the process.

Who can apply

Read information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status on the EU settlement scheme on GOV.UK.

There will be no change to current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Identity verification

You need a compatible Android phone or tablet to scan your identity document. 

If your device doesn’t have near field communication (NFC) you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned and verified. You can then apply for pre-settled or settled status.

We will not need to keep your ID document and in most cases you should not be asked to send your passport anywhere else during your application for pre-settled or settled status.

The office operates strictly by appointment only. 

To book an appointment to use the EU Settlement Service, please contact

settlementservice@edinburgh.gov.uk 

0131 529 2600 option 4.

What to bring to your appointment

  • your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email

Only the ID documents listed above can be checked by us, if you do not have one of these ID documents then please check your options on GOV.UK.

There is no fee for this service.

Nationality Document Return Service 

As of 30 November 2018, local authorities cease to offer the Settlement Checking service and Nationality Document Return Service (NDRS). Apply online via GOV.UK.

European Passport Return Service 

As of 29 March 2019 Local authories ceased to offer The European Passport Return Service (EPRS).

Nationality Checking service

As of 31 December 2018 local authorities ceased to provide the Nationality Checking service. Apply online via GOV.UK.

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