What is the change? EU citizens who have obtained U.K. settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are now able to prove their status by sharing a secure online code.

What does the change mean? The electronic share code is new, but remains optional. EU citizens may continue to use a passport or national identity document to prove their right to reside in the U.K. until at least the end of 2020.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: EU settled status.
  • Business impact: The electronic share code system gives EU, EEA and Swiss nationals a convenient option if they need to prove their settled status to businesses and agencies.
  • Next steps: Instructions for entering an individual’s share code are available at

Background: Since January, employers have been able to use the online service to view right-to-work status of an applicant who shares his or her status digitally. The service has now been expanded to banks and other agencies seeking confirmation of an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen’s settled status.

Analysis & Comments: EU citizens who wish to use the digital platform to confirm their settlement status may generate a share code to be entered into the system by a bank, the Department of Work and Pensions, or other entities seeking confirmation of their rights in the U.K.

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