Brexit and EU students
This information is for current and prospective EU students.
Current EU students travelling back to the UK after the UK leaves the EU
If you are an EU national travelling back into the UK to continue your studies after the UK leaves the EU and you have not been granted EU settlement, it is advisable to carry a student status letter from your Faculty or School office as evidence that you were residing in the UK before the UK left the EU. We also suggest that you apply for EU settlement prior to travelling, see below.
EU Settlement Scheme for EU nationals living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU
The EU settlement scheme is a scheme that EU nationals can apply to to protect their residence in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. It enables EU citizens and their family members living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU to secure their status and continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK, as well as travel into and out of the UK, on the same basis after the UK exits the EU as they do now. It is recommended that you apply to the EU settlement scheme if you are an EU national studying in the UK. If you are unsure if you should apply please read UKCISA's Do I have to apply under the settlement scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme opened fully on 30 March 2019. The deadline for applying for EU settlement is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The application process is straightforward and free and even if you have not been in the UK for 5 years (to qualify for EU settlement) you would be granted pre-settled status which would be beneficial in protecting your residence in the UK as stated above.
If you wish to apply for EU settlement, please follow the steps below:
Immigration information for EU students
If you would like to read further information about the implications of Brexit, please see UKCISA. The implications depend on when you arrived, or will arrive, in the UK. There are also details of how you will be affected in a deal or no deal scenario.
- UKCISA regarding how Brexit will affect EEA students and their families and information regarding the EU Settlement Scheme
- Brexit: information for current students on our website
- Brexit: information for prospective students on our website
- Government plans in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit and UKCISA's update
- Universities UK regarding a 'no deal' Brexit scenario