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Brexit advice for EU students

26 May 2021

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If you’re a student from a European Union country and are wondering what effect the UK’s departure from the EU will have on your family, your studies or your stay in the UK, the University can offer help and advice.  Here you can find out the most up-to-date information at this time.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and freedom of movement remained in place until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. Below are some questions and answers that can help. As things change, we will update the information.

The UK Government confirmed that EU students who begin their degree on or before the 2020/21 academic year would remain eligible for home student fees and financial support for the duration of your degree, regardless of whether or not a Withdrawal Agreement had been agreed.

Will you have to apply for a visa?

Students that entered the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 will not need a visa if you have applied for ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status through something called the EU Settlement Scheme. This is free of charge and you can apply here or through a mobile app.  Having ‘pre-settled’ or 'settled' status will make it easier for students from EU member states to take up opportunities for further study or to take up employment in the UK from 2021 onwards, so it is worth applying through the scheme to widen your options following graduation.

To be eligible for 'settled' or pre-settled' status through the scheme you must apply before 30 June 2021.

The UK Government has produced some useful video guides on the EU Settlement Scheme, including a guide on how to apply and some top tips from previous applicants. The compliance team at UCLan have also found this video to be extremely useful.  It is longer than the rest, at just over twenty minutes but includes a page by page walk through of the application.

Additionally, you can find more information on the Government website.

Students from European Union countries that entered the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards, as well as those who were eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme but fail to do so, will require a student visa in order to study all but short courses in the UK. 

Will my degree still be recognised in the EU?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries through a number of agreements. Some of these agreements are not related to the European Union, which means that most academic qualifications will still be recognised.

Recognition of some professional qualifications is more complicated, but universities across the UK are working to ensure that the mutual recognition of professional qualifications continues.

Will I be able to stay in the UK after graduating?

If you have been granted ‘pre-settled' status under the EU Settlement Scheme you can remain in the UK for up to five years, when you can apply for ‘settled' status, which will allow you to remain in the UK indefinitely. If you have been granted ‘settled' status then you can remain in the UK to work and study indefinitely as long as you do not leave the UK for an extended period.

Best wishes
The Student Immigration & Compliance Team (SICT)
Room FB113 – Foster Building