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Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

Last updated: 31 January 2020

EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals 

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020 under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, after which there will be a transition period, which is expected to continue until 31 December 2020.

During the transition period the UK would retain almost all its existing protections as a member state, despite not being a member state. During the transitional period, EU, EEA and Swiss students and eligible family members will be able 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.   

The current political landscape is unpredictable and may cause some uncertainty for prospective students wanting to come to the UK to study. UKCISA provides up-to-date information for prospective EU/EEA and Swiss nationals wanting to come to the UK to study and how the current situation will affect them and their families. It 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. 

For those wanting to remain in the UK post transition period, 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to regulate your immigration permissions to remain in the UK.

EU Settlement Scheme applications

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and eligible family members and is free to apply. 

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 (available on android phones/tablets and now available on an iphone device) 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

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 several useful resources available to refer to when making your application. We have listed these further down the page. However, if you 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 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 beyond the end of the transition period

The immigration routes for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals arriving after the transition period are still under discussion. Once more information becomes available throughout the transition period, we will update our webpages. 

Health Insurance whilst in the UK


EU/ EEA and Swiss students are required to have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) to be exercising their treaty rights whilst in the UK. This includes a valid EHIC card or comprehensive private medical insurance. However, you do not need to provide evidence of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for the EU Settlement Scheme application. You can find out more about CSI here:


If you do not have a valid EHIC card you could be charged for using the NHS, unless you have alternative private medical insurance, therefore we strongly advise that you purchase private medical insurance. You cannot apply for your EHIC in the UK.


These healthcare arrangements will remain in place until 31 December 2020, the end of the current transition period, for EU/EEA and Swiss national coming to the UK.


Please see the UKCISA website for more information.





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