WorldReach biometric app used by more than 4M to apply for EU Settlement Scheme

Company makes the Canadian Business Growth List
WorldReach biometric app used by more than 4M to apply for EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office in the United Kingdom has received 4.06 million applications to its EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) through WorldReach’s biometric app, according to the latest statistics.

Of this number, nearly 3.7 million were from England, 204,700 from Scotland, 67,200 from Wales, and 66,300 from Northern Ireland.

The enrollment process is facilitated by the EU Exit: ID Document Check app, which uses a combination of facial biometrics and NFC document scanning technologies provided by WorldReach partners. The app works by reading the security features from the ePassport chip, then authenticates the person against the document via a live biometric selfie captured on a smartphone camera.

The EU Settlement Scheme has been open since 30 March 2019 and will close on 30 June 2021. The Home Office previously estimated that there were 3.5 million nationals of the European Economic Area in Britain who would have to update their status.

The new figures reveal that, at its height, Home Office caseworkers were regularly processing up to 20,000 applications a day.

With a team of more than 1,500 people working on the EU Settlement Scheme and £4 million spent on marketing campaigns, the Home Office expects substantially more people to apply for the Scheme before its closure next year.

WorldReach enters the Canadian Business Growth List

WorldReach has been recognized on the Canadian Business Growth List as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

The company reported a 404 percent increase in the last three years and forecasts further growth in 2021.

WorldReach had completed the onboarding of millions of EUSS applications at the beginning of May.

The company’s digital identity technology also works with UK biometric residence cards, EU citizen ID cards, and other documents using ICAO standards.

WorldReach now intends to step up its effort to use digital identity technologies to combat the effects of the pandemic.

“Our expertise and proven success in enabling highly trusted digital services for governments worldwide is more critical than ever before as the world races to adjust under the pressures of COVID-19,” said WorldReach CEO Gord Wilson.

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