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?
EU Settlement Scheme applications
Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme now?
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.
Can you help me submit my application for Settled Status?
Immigration Rules post Brexit Transition Period
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
Health Insurance whilst in the UK
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.
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.