09 Apr Detailed guide: EU Settlement Scheme: applying from outside the UK
Information for applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme who are applying from abroad.
You can apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK.
You should use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify that you are entitled to apply from abroad. You can scan:
- your current passport or national identity card with a biometric chip, if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen
- a UK residence card with a biometric chip, if you are not an EEA or Swiss citizen
If you are applying from overseas and cannot verify your identity document using the app, we may ask you to send your document to us by post. You should contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre if:
- you are not able to post us your identity document
- the app does not scan the biometric chip in your UK residence card
Please consult your local authority to confirm if you are allowed to post your identity document to the UK. Some countries do not allow identity documents to be sent across national borders or require you to keep it on your person. These countries include:
- Congo (Brazzaville)
- Nigeria (and Benin)
- North Korea
- Northern Cyprus
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
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