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Brexit

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020. You'll find up-to-date information on this page, and advice for applicants and students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland on what to do to secure their status in the UK post-Brexit.

International student support team
Our international student support team can advise you on the EU settlement scheme and other Brexit issues.

Key facts

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and entered a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020.  During this transition period, free movement will continue and there will be no change to the position of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their right to live, study and work in the UK.

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.

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EU/EEA/Swiss students resident in UK before the end of the transition period 31/12/20

If you're living in the UK before 31/12/20 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 beyond the transition period.

You are advised to make your application at the earliest opportunity. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, however, freedom of movement will end on 31 December 2020. Therefore, students who are going to remain in the UK after the transition period ends are advised to make their application before 31 December 2020 to ensure they continue to be able to travel freely after that date.

EU settlement scheme

If you're a current student, or a student arriving in the UK before 31/12/20, you must 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 the transition period 31/12/20.

Do I need to 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. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, however, freedom of movement will end on 31 December 2020. Therefore, students who are going to remain in the UK after the transition period ends are advised to make their application before 31 December 2020 to ensure they continue to be able to travel freely after that date.

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 (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 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

Can NTU help me with my application? 

Yes. We offer regular briefings for EU students on the EU settlement scheme.

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.

If you are starting your studies in January 2021, you may wish to consider arriving before 1 January 2021. This would make you eligible to apply for permission to stay in the UK under the EU settlement scheme instead of having to apply for a student or visitor visa.

Student studying

EU/EEA/Swiss students coming to UK after the end of the transition period 31/12/20

Students who arrive in the UK after the agreed transition period has ended and who do not have settled / pre-settled status will need to apply for a student visa if your course in the UK is six months or more. You can continue to visit the UK for up to six months, without applying for a visa and may participate in a wide range of activities, including short-term study and business-related activities, such as events and conferences.

If you are starting your studies at NTU in January 2021, you may wish to consider arriving in the UK before 1 January 2021, as this will make you eligible to apply for permission to stay in the UK under the EU settlement scheme instead of having to apply for a student visa or a visitor visa. T

The table below outlines the main differences between the EU settlement scheme and the student visa:

 

EU settlement scheme

Student visa

Application fee

Free

£348

Validity period

5 years

Course duration + 4 months for courses lasting 12 months or more

Maintenance requirement

None

£9135 + course fees not covered by loan, saved for at least 28 days before application

Working hours

Unlimited

20 hours per week during term time

Healthcare

NHS care can be accessed at no extra cost

Must pay immigration health surcharge : £470 per year

If you have further questions about this, please contact the International Student Support Service.

European students

Fees and funding

The government has confirmed that EU students who have already started their course, or will start their course in 2020/21 will retain their student status and funding arrangements.

If you withdraw from your course part-way through and re-join after the 20/21 academic year, you may be charged higher tuition fees and may no longer be eligible for student finance. If you have a funding query and would like further information, please contact Student Financial Support Service.

For more information about funding available to eligible EU students, please visit:

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Healthcare

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.

Still need help?

International Student Support
+44 (0) 848 2631