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Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

Last updated: 30May 2019

EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

On 10 April the EU granted the UK a further extension to Article 50. The new deadline is the 31 October 2019, however if a withdrawal agreement is made and approved before 31 October, we may leave before then. This means that until a withdrawal agreement has been made or until the new deadline of 31 October 2019, the UK will remain a member of the EU and UK/EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will have the same rights as they do today. 

If the EU and the UK Government agree upon a withdrawal agreement before 31 October, the UK will begin the process of leaving the EU. If the current withdrawal agreement is agreed there will be an implementation or transitional period which will likely end on 31 December 2020. During the transitional period, EU, EEA and Swiss students and eligible family members will be able to come to enter, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they can now.   

EU/EEA/Swiss students and eligible family members wanting to stay beyond the end of the transitional period will either need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or apply under another relevant immigration category.   

Brexit may cause some uncertainty for prospective students wanting to come to the UK to study. UKCISA provide a very useful page for prospective EU/EEA and Swiss nationals on what is currently known about how Brexit will affect students and their families and touches on fee status, student funding and immigration:

UKCISA - Brexit: what does it mean for students and their family?

For current students, please visit our internal pages, where we have additional information and FAQs for you:


Immigration for new arrivals - Do I need a visa?

There is currently no requirement for EU/EEA or Swiss nationals to apply for any immigration permission to travel to and study in the UK.  You will need a valid passport or EU national identity card to enter the UK. 

EU Settlement Scheme applications

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and is free.  

The Settlement Scheme is an immigration application and as such you should ensure you are eligible and have the relevant documentation available before submitting your application.  A refusal can impact on your immigration history, so please ensure you read the most up-to-date guidance available before applying.

To apply you can either use the identity (ID) app (currently only available on android phones/tablets) to confirm your identity and then complete an application online  or you can upload your documents via an application centre and complete the application online. 

Both UKCISA and have some useful information and guides on the EU Settlement Scheme:

Gov. UK - Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

UKCISA - Brexit - EU Settlement Scheme

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme now?

You do not need to apply at present, but, if you are already in the UK, you can do so if you wish. Please note, if you are a current student and intend to travel outside of the UK for more than 6 months, please contact the Advice & Guidance Team. Otherwise, please visit our FAQs.

Gov.UK have provided a very useful tool, which gives some information on what to do and when, depending on your current status  - Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU

Can you help me submit my application for Settled Status?

Applying for the EU Settlement scheme has been designed to be both quick and straightforward. There are also a number of useful resources for you to refer to when making your application. We have listed these further down the page. However, if you need access to an android devide or still have questions regarding your individual situation, then please contact the Advice & Guidance Team.

If you are planning to apply using the Settlement Scheme, you should start preparing your evidence of eligibility as outlined in Appendix A of the most recent guidance.

Useful Resources:

UKCISA: Brexit: what we know for EEA students and their family

UUK (Universities UK): Brexit FAQs

The Free Movement Blog has a useful summary of how to apply for "settled status" with screen shots of the application process: How to apply for "settled status" for EU citizens

There is also a YouTube video of a mock application.

Sign up for Home Office email alerts - Status of EU citizens in the UK - email alerts 

Immigration Rules post Brexit Transition Period

The immigration routes for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals arriving after the transition period are still under discussion with the Home Office and UK Parliament. An Immigration White Paper was released in December 2018, which outlined the proposed immigration options for all Non-UK/Irish nationals moving forwards. There will now be a 12-month consultation period before a final policy is laid before parliament for approval. We will continue to update our webpages as this develops. 

Health Insurance whilst in the UK

You do not need to provide evidence of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance or an EHIC card, for the EU Settlement Scheme application. It is, however, still a requirement for EU/EEA and Swiss students and their family members to have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance or an EHIC card to be able to access health care whilst the UK is still a member of the EU and during the transitional period.

You cannot apply for your EHIC in the UK. Without it you could be charged for using the NHS, unless you have alternative private medical insurance or Comprehensive Sickness Insurance.

More information on health care provisions in a deal or no deal Brexit scenario can be found on the UKCISA web pages 




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