We have been informed that solicitors in the local area have been quoting £250 for document checks to help EU citizens with a valid EU passport and their non-EU family members with a biometric residence card, to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You do not need to pay this amount as the council offers identity document scanning for residents applying to the EU Settlement Scheme for £20.
The registrar’s office at The Curve will scan and verify your passport or biometric residence card to confirm your identity so you can then make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme. You must not start your EU Settlement Scheme application before you attend this appointment.
This service is a walk-in service – so no appointments are necessary, between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, at Slough Register Office, The Curve, 2nd Floor, Slough, SL1 1XY.
Please bring with you to your appointment:
• your current valid EU passport or if you are a non EU family member then you need to bring your valid biometric residence card
• a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive your emails - you will need to access the text or email while at your appointment
• you will then be able to make an application for pre-settled or settled status by yourself, using the link in the email you will receive after using our service.
The cost of the identity document scanning service is £20 (including VAT).
Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “I am shocked that residents who are concerned about Brexit and their residency would be quoted such a high price for a service we will provide for £20. It’s important our residents aren’t taken advantage of when feeling vulnerable at a time like this.
“We offer a drop in service and will go through the application process with any resident who needs help.”
For more information visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/births-marriage-deaths/eu-settlement-scheme-2019.aspx