Find out about the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

From 1 October, we are now able to offer appointments for the ID verification service for North Yorkshire residents. Attendance at the office is strictly by appointment only.


If you or a member of your family is from the EU (except Ireland), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland you will usually need to apply for settled status to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. You have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled status.

You can see what you need to do on the government's continuing to live in the UK if you're an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen pages.

We want our EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families to know that they are very welcome in North Yorkshire and are a very important part of the cultural and economic vitality of our county as well as valued members of our communities and workforce.

Who can apply

Information on who is required to apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the government website. Please ensure you read this guidance carefully before applying.

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

For the first part of the application process, you will need a compatible Android phone or IPhone 8.0 (or above) to scan your identity document yourself. The ‘ID Document Check’ app will be available for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus following an upcoming iOS software update. This can be your own phone or tablet or someone else’s. In this case, you will not need to visit an office, you can complete the identity verification on your own phone from your home.

If your mobile phone or other device is not compatible or does not have near field communication (NFC) you can make an appointment to bring your ID document to us, where it can be scanned for you. You will then be able to complete the second part of the application yourself, 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.

You must book an appointment to use the ID Verification service, please telephone 01609 780780. The service is available at the Northallerton, Scarborough and Harrogate registration offices.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Your current valid biometric EU, EEA or Swiss passport or ID card ( if it is biometric) or a valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen; and
  • A mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive emails. 

Only the ID documents listed above can be checked by us. View the ID verification service fees.

If you do not have one of the ID documents listed, or want more information about the EU Settlement Scheme, visit the government website.