Information for EU students - post Brexit

If you’re an EU, EEA (including EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss citizen, to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is currently in operation and the deadline to apply set by the Home Office is 30 June 2021.

  • If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.
  • You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen.

EU Settlement scheme

Once you have settled or pre-settled status there will be no restrictions on study or work in the UK. You won’t lose settled status if you choose to move out of the UK unless you spend more than 5 years outside the UK (2 years if you have pre-settled status).

The application process

The application is free. You can complete an online application and then use the ID document check app (currently only available on android phones and some iPhones) to upload documents or complete an online application and then you would need to go in person to have identity checks.

If you have a permanent residence document or a document proving indefinite leave to remain you won’t need to go through residence checks.

Further information on the EU settlement scheme

You might also want to watch a webinar delivered by Charlotte Ashton, an immigration solicitor at Farleys Solicitors LLP "Immigration Updates for EU students". This session looks at the future changes to the immigration system and what you can do now to secure your right to stay and work in the UK, and what you need to consider if you plan to leave the UK after your studies but want to return in future.

If you are an Irish Citizen

According to the Home Office website, the Common Travel Area (CTA) is a long-standing arrangement between the UK, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland. If you are an Irish citizen, you do not need to take any action to protect your status and rights associated with the CTA. After the UK leaves the EU, you will continue to enjoy these rights, no matter what the terms of the UK’s exit. Both the UK and Irish Governments have committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that the agreed CTA rights and privileges are protected in all outcomes.