European Settlement Scheme

If you're a European Union citizen, European Economic Area citizen, or Swiss citizen living in the UK, you can apply for settled or pre-settled status using the Government's EU Settlement Scheme.

You will need to apply to this scheme if you want to continue to live in the UK after 31 June 2021.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status.

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Visit to find out more.

Who should apply

Information on who should apply for pre-settled or settled status can be found on the website.

You can check your personal situation by using's online tool.

If you want to apply to the EU Settlement scheme, you must use an app to scan your documents and complete the application process. Here are 5 top tips on using the app (external website).

The EU Exit app must be downloaded onto an Android smartphone or tablet.

If you can't use the EU Settlement Scheme's app

If you cannot use the EU Settlement Scheme's app, you can use our ID scanning service at Preston Record Office. 

We charge £14 per applicant to use the ID scanning service. This fee has been set by the Home Office. You can pay on the day using cash or a credit or debit card.

Drop-in sessions are being held from Mondays to Thursdays between 9am and 12 noon.

There is no need to book. Come and visit us at:

Lancashire Certificate Services
Record Office
Bow Lane

Be sure to come in before you start your application. If you have already started the application process we will not be able to help you.

What to bring to your ID scanning appointment

 Only the following ID documents can be checked by us.

  • 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
  • a valid email address

After submitting your information, you will receive an email with a link to continue your application.

We will hand your ID documents back to you - there is no need to leave them with us.

Help to complete the EU settlement application process

If you are not confident about completing the online application process, you may be able to get help at some of our libraries through the Assisted Digital Support scheme.

This free services is available at St Annes, Ormskirk, Rawtenstall, Colne, Morecambe, Preston Harris and Burnley libraries.

You will need to bring along an Android smartphone or tablet to use this service.

To find out if you can access the Assisted Digital support scheme, you will need to contact We Are Digital, who will assess your eligibility and make a booking with one of these libraries.

The service will be provided to people who are unsure of how to use the Android device or the app. It will also be available to those who are having difficulties navigating the website.

Contact We Are Digital between 9am and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays or between 9am and 4pm on Saturdays by calling 03333 445 675 or texting the word “VISA” to 07537 416 944.

More information about the Assisted Digital Service is available at

What happens next

The Home Office will contact you to let you know if you have been successful in applying for settled or pre-settled status.

Visit the website for more information about the EU Settlement Scheme.