Find the latest information on Brexit and how it may affect you. If you're an EU/EAA or Swiss student you'll also find out what to do to secure your status in the UK post-Brexit on this page.
The UK has given formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, but still remains a member now. Therefore, there is currently no change to the position of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their right to live, study and work in the UK.
The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 January 2020 (or earlier, if a withdrawal agreement is agreed before this date).
The information below gives NTU applicants and students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland advice about what they need to do to secure their status in the UK post-Brexit based on current arrangements.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU settlement scheme as their rights are protected under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements.
The UK is holding a general election on 12 December 2019 which may affect the information below.
EU/EEA/Swiss students resident in UK before Brexit
This information is for EU/EEA/Swiss students who are resident in the UK before the UK leaves the European Union (ie. current NTU students and students joining NTU before 31/01/2020 based on the current expected date of withdrawal).
If you're living in the UK before the UK leaves the European Union, you can apply for settled/pre-settled status in the UK under the EU settlement scheme.
The application is free of charge. The scheme enables you to continue to live, study and work in the UK after Brexit and beyond any agreed transition period.
You are advised to make your application at the earliest opportunity. The deadline to apply is 31 December 2020 (or June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal).
EU settlement scheme
We advise all current students and students arriving in the UK before Brexit to make an EU settlement scheme application to preserve your future rights in the UK.
Frequently asked questions on the EU settlement scheme
What is the EU settlement scheme?
The EU settlement scheme is an immigration status which has been created by the UK government to ensure EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who currently live in the UK can retain their rights to live here, study, work and access public services such as healthcare after Brexit.
Do I need to do apply? Why?
Do I need to apply under the EU settlement scheme?
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national and you intend to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, or if you are undecided but want to keep your options open, then you will have to make an application under the EU settlement scheme. Irish nationals are not required to apply. For more information about who needs to apply, visit the gov.uk website.
Why do I need to this?
Following the Brexit vote, free movement between the UK and the EU will eventually come to an end and anyone entering the UK from 1 January 2021 will be subject to a new visa regime. Applying for the EU settlement scheme will allow you to retain your current rights without having to go through a visa application process which is likely to be more restrictive and onerous than the EU Settlement Scheme. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who fail to secure their status may end up being in the UK illegally so it’s important that you make this application to guarantee you can continue to reside in the UK legally and enjoy your current rights in future.
When should I apply?
The EU settlement scheme has been fully open since 30 March 2019 and people who are eligible are encouraged to submit their application at the earliest opportunity. You will have between now and 31 December 2020 (or June 2021 if the UK leaves the UK with a deal) to make this application.
What status will I get?
If you have lived in the UK for at least 5 years, you will get settled status. This entitles you to stay in the UK indefinitely. If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you will get pre-settled status. This will be valid for 5 years. Once you have lived in the UK for 5 years, you can apply for settled status.
Is there a minimum residence period in the UK to be eligible?
No, anyone who can prove they are living in the UK currently can apply.
How do I apply?
You can apply online on the UK government website.
As part of the application, you will have to prove your identity by scanning your biometric passport or ID card using the ID Document check app for Android (or you can send your ID document by post). You can find information on how to use the ID Document Check app on the gov.uk website.
Free Movement has published a useful video which will walk you through the application process.
What will I need to apply?
You’ll need proof of:
- your identity: valid passport or national identity card (you also need to provide a digital photo of your face). When you apply, you can either scan your biometric ID document and upload your photo using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app for Android or send your document in the post and upload your photo using the online application (you can take this yourself)
- your residence in the UK: you can use your National Insurance Number is you have one, or any of the documents in the list of residence evidence
- you will also be asked to declare convictions that appear in your criminal record in the UK or overseas
Do I have to pay for this application?
No - the application is free of charge.
Where can I apply?
You can apply in the UK or while you are overseas.
What will I get to confirm my status in the UK?
As an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you will not get a physical document to prove your status. Instead, the Home Office will email you a link to an online service that you can use to view and prove your status.
Can NTU help me with my application?
We offer briefings for EU students from the start of next academic year, as well as drop-in sessions for students who have questions about their application.
We will also make android devices available for students who do not have access to one.
If you have any questions about the EU settlement scheme or need our support, please email us.
Please check your emails and this web page regularly for the most up-to-date information.
EU/EEA/Swiss students coming to UK after Brexit
This information is for EU/EEA / Swiss students who come to study in the UK after the UK has left the European Union (ie. students joining NTU after 31 January 2020 based on the current expected date of withdrawal).
If you're coming to study in the UK after Brexit, the situation is dependent on whether the UK leaves the European Union with or without a Brexit deal.
The information below is based on the current information that has been given out by the UK government. This is subject to change as arrangements have not yet been finalised – please check the UK government website for the latest updates.
UK leaves EU with a Brexit deal
If the UK leaves the UK with a Brexit deal, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who arrive and are living in the UK before the end of the agreed transition period (this is currently expected to end on 31 December 2020) should be eligible to apply for the EU settlement scheme.
The application is free of charge. This will enable you to continue to live, study and work in the UK after Brexit and beyond any agreed transition period.
Please read our information on EU settlement scheme, how to apply and the support we offer to NTU students.
Students who arrive in the UK after the agreed transition period has ended will be under a new immigration system. Details of this system have not yet been published.
UK leaves EU without a Brexit deal
The guidance for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals in a no deal scenario is still being updated.
We strongly recommend you keep checking the UK government website for the latest information.
Fees and funding
The government has confirmed that students that have already started their course, or will start their course in 2019/20 or 2020/21 will retain their student status and funding arrangements, regardless of the outcome of Brexit.
For more information about funding available to eligible EU students, please visit:
For information about the implications of Brexit on healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss students, please check the UKCISA website.
Find out more
Information on Brexit is continually being updated by the government, so we recommend that you also the UK Government website for the latest guidance on living in the UK post Brexit.
UKCISA: Council for International Student Affairs has very comprehensive pages for EU /EEA / Swiss nationals and the implications of Brexit.
You can also find out more about EU students in the UK from the British Council website.