Living, working and studying in the UK
EU Students and BREXIT
The agreed date for the UK to leave the European Union is 31 January 2020.
Brexit will likely lead to changes to the system for EU students coming to the UK to study.
Universities UK International have drawn up 'BREXIT FAQ's for EU Students' that contain all the information universities have so far about what will happen if the UK leaves the EU with the current withdrawal agreement, or with no deal at all.
Both the UK and the EU are working very hard to ensure that a no-deal scenario is avoided.
You will be asked:
- Your nationality;
- Your passport number or national identity card details;
- Whether you already have permanent residence;
- Contact details;
- National Insurance number; and
- Criminal history
You can use lots of different documents depending on your circumstances, here are a few examples:
- Bank statements;
- Letters from schools, universities confirming your enrolment and attendance;
- Student finance documents;
- P60s/P45s/ Pay slips;
- GP appointments;
- Utility bills;
- Passport stamps
Please see the government's step-by-step guide on how to apply for 'settled status'.
You can apply here.
The application is made online or on android devices. You will be able to scan your passport details and other documents as long as you have a biometric passport.
If you do not have an android device you can apply online but then will be required to post your documents.
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal: The deadline to apply is 30th June 2021. Under the withdrawal agreement any Swiss, EEA nationals and their eligible family members who arrive to the UK after the date of Brexit until 31st December 2020 can still apply under the settlement scheme.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal: The deadline is 31st December 2020 and you need to have been living in the UK before Brexit day, which is currently 31st October 2019. Any Swiss and EEA nationals and their eligible family members arriving in the UK after Brexit will need to apply for EU temporary leave to remain if they wish to stay in the UK for more than three months. This status will be valid for 3 years but cannot be extended.
Settled status: If you have been living in the UK by 31st December 2020 (or by when the UK leaves the EU without a deal) AND you have lived in the UK for a continuous five year period.
Pre-settled status: If you have been living in the UK by 31st December 2020 (or by when the UK leaves the EU without a deal) AND you have NOT lived in the UK for a continuous five year period. Pre-settled status allows you to work and study in the UK for five years from the date the application is granted. Once you have been in the UK for five years, you can then convert this to settled status.
Settled status: You can spend up to five years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.
Pre-settled status: You can spend up to two years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status. But you will need to keep your continuous residence in the UK if you want to qualify for settled status. If you then want to convert your pre-settled status into settled status you are required to have not left the UK for longer than six months in any 12 month period, unless for compelling reasons such as study as part of a UK course or serious illness.