The government’s EU Settlement Scheme pilot, which launched on 15 November 2018, provides a process for EU citizens, and any non-EU family members of EU citizens, working in the higher education sector to obtain their new immigration status post-Brexit. You can find further details below.

If you have any queries please contact Rachel Coggins, our International Staff Adviser, on

If you do make an application, please let us know using the same email address.

*EU Settlement Scheme - update February 2019*

The application fee for the Settlement Scheme Pilot will be removed by the time the Scheme is fully operational on 30 March 2019. Fees will continue to apply during the current test phase, but anybody who has paid a fee under the previous pilots will have this refunded. The Home Office has yet to announce details of how refunds will be made.

We had committed to reimbursing the fee to staff, and have been doing so since mid-November. However, we will need to reclaim any reimbursements we made to staff, as they will receive their refunds from the government. As of 15 February, we will not process any further claims and staff will receive their refund through the government channel.

For those who have already received reimbursement via the University, we will apply a non-taxable deduction through the August payroll, subject to refunds being made by the government. We apologise for these changes, which we realise may cause some of you further inconvenience.

EU Settlement Scheme Pilot: who can apply?

This next phase of testing means that students and family members are able to apply provided they have either a biometric passport or a biometric residence card. EEA and Swiss nationals are not eligible to apply during the pilot but will be able to once the scheme is fully live by 30 March 2019. Irish citizens do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, but they can if they want to. 



If you have any questions about making an application during the pilot, contact the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre:

0300 123 7379 (inside the UK) 
+44 (0) 203 080 0010 (outside the UK) 
Find out about call charges at

You can also ask a question using the online submissions form at

You can get Assisted Digital support to use the EU Settlement Scheme online application form if you’re in the UK and do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the form. If you need this kind of support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445 675 or texting the word "VISA" to 07537 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). You can find more information on this service at

The University will continue to offer support during this latest pilot and when the scheme is fully rolled out from March 2019. This will include answering queries where possible, advising on how to reclaim the fee and arranging for the use of Android devices if needed.

If you need assistance or advice please contact Rachel Coggins, our International Staff Adviser, on

For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit the GOV.UK webpages.

EU Settlement Scheme pilot

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Go to this GOV.UK webpage for further information on applying.

Fee reimbursement: important changes

Please see the February update, left, for important changes to the process of fee reimbursement for the EU Settlement Scheme pilot.


Pilot scheme poster

You can download and print a poster produced by the Home Office about this pilot scheme.

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