Theresa May scraps the £65 fee
The government has recently stated that the £65 fee, to be paid for the application under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), will be removed and therefore the process to get the settled or pre-settled status might become free of charge.
However, this information has not yet been updated on the Home Office website.
Public Test Phase
The EU Settlement Scheme public test phase is currently running (it opened on 21 January 2019).
To apply under the public test phase, you need to be either:
a resident EU citizen (but not a British citizen) with a valid EU passport.
the non-EU national family member of an EU citizen and you have a biometric residence card.
British citizens cannot apply during this phase.
Citizens of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland cannot apply during this phase; however, they will be able to apply when the Scheme is fully open.
Irish citizens do not need to apply but may do so if they wish.
The Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019.
In the event that the U.K. leaves the EU with no deal the EU Settlement Scheme will likely be still enforced. However, the transition phase, that is currently set to be standing from 30 March 2019 until June 2021, might be curtailed and close on 31 December 2020.