By Andrew Osborne

Firm:Lewis Silkin LLP

The EU Settlement Scheme was further expanded on 9 April 2019 to allow for pre-settled and settled status applications to be made from outside the UK. This follows on from the full public rollout of the scheme on 30 March.

The Home Office confirmed in a document published on 2 May that over 600,000 applications have already been made under the scheme.

Experience to date shows that applications are being processed with the aim of maximising the likelihood of approval, with further documents and information being requested from applicants where an approval cannot be issued immediately. A Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC) has also been set up to assist with any queries or issues arising throughout the application process. The scheme is being well resourced, with over 1,500 trained staff in place to process applications and over 250 staff allocated to the SRC.