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EU Nationals & Brexit

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding Brexit and EU Nationals in the UK

What is Brexit?

  • On 23rd June 2016 the UK held a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU
  • On 24th June 2016 the result was in favour of leaving the EU
  • On 29th March 2017 Article 50 was triggered, starting the process of the UK leaving the EU
  • On 31st October 2019 the UK was due to leave the EU, this has now been extended to 31st January 2020 or sooner, although there will be a transition period until 31 December 2020
  • On 31st January 2020 the UK left the EU with a withdrawal agreement

What does this mean for EU nationals studying in the UK?

  • The UK is now in a transitional period from 31st January to 31st December 2020 where nothing much will change and EU law continues to apply in the UK, including freedom of movement
  • Student loans and grants have been confirmed for EU nationals starting a course in 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, and 2020/21

For information see the Funding from Student Finance page or the Student Finance website

EU Settlement Scheme

  • For information on applying for the EU Settlement Scheme please see the Home Office website
  • To apply for Pre-settled or Settled status please see the Home Office website
  • The deadline to apply for Pre-settled or Settled status is 30th June 2021

Latest update

EU, EEA, and Swiss students applying this year, to travel to the UK and start their course in the UK from January 2021

You will need to apply for a student visa through the new points-based immigration system. You can apply up to 6 months in advance of your course starting. Further guidance for EU, EEA, and Swiss students can be found here

EU, EEA, and Swiss students who have started/are starting their course this year and who will arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020

If you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to continue living in the UK. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.  If you have commenced your course online in your home country due to COVID-19, and you would otherwise be studying in the UK, you will be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as long as you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you are unable to arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, you will be required to apply to the Student route under the points-based immigration system, to commence studying in the UK. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here. More information on the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here.

EU, EEA, and Swiss students who have started/are starting their course this year but have deferred travel until next year

If you are unable to enter the UK by 31 December 2020 and will arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a Student visa through the new points-based immigration system before you travel to the UK. Further guidance for EU, EEA, and Swiss students can be found here

EU, EEA, and Swiss students who are currently studying a UK course, have left the UK temporarily, but have not applied to the EUSS and may not be in the UK by 31 December 2020

If you were studying in the UK and have returned home during the pandemic and are continuing with your course online in your home country (when you would otherwise be studying in the UK), you are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK, so long as you are able to prove that you are still continuously resident in the UK. This means that you must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in any 12-month period, except for a single absence of no more than 12 months for an important reason, for example, due to studying outside the UK because of COVID-19. You will still be continuously resident in the UK for the purposes of the scheme.  

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