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Brexit advice for EU students

11 Feb 2020

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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 will continue to be 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 their degree, regardless of whether or not a Withdrawal Agreement had been agreed.

Will you have to apply for a visa?

As a deal has been agreed, current students will not need a visa. However, you should apply for ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, if you intend to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, 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.

The Student Immigration and Compliance Team (SICT) are hosting briefing sessions throughout 2020 to discuss the application process. Please come along to one of these sessions, which are taking place on:

  • Monday 24 February, 12noon - 1pm in Brook Building 137
  • Tuesday 10 March, 1pm - 2pm in Greenbank 359
  • Wednesday 1 April, 3pm - 4pm in Media Factory 220
  • Thursday 30 April, 11am - 12noon in Brook Building 140
  • Tuesday 26 May, 2pm - 3pm in Harris Building 219

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.

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 after the UK leaves the EU, 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 in the UK for less than five years you will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’. This will allow you to 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 already been in the UK for five years, you can apply for ‘settled status’ straight away.

Will the ERASMUS+ scheme change?

As a Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed, you will still be able to study in the UK through the ERASMUS+ scheme up to and including 2020/21, when the current scheme ends.

Can I still apply for research council funding for my PhD?

Under any Brexit scenario, all EU students will remain eligible to apply for UKRI-funded PhD scholarships starting in or before the 2020/21 academic year. Find out more information about PhD scholarships.

So what do I do now?

For the time being keep an eye out for further updates and information regarding the briefing sessions. If you want to ask any questions now, email us, call into the <i> or pop into the SICT office in Foster Building.

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