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Brexit advice for EU students

16 Oct 2019

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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.

There are two possible scenarios we are focussing on at the moment and these are the UK leaving the EU with an agreement and the UK leaving the EU without a deal.  Below are some questions and answers that can help. As things change, we will update the information.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students who begin their degree on or before the 2020/21 academic year will still be eligible for home student fees and financial support and that will be the case for the duration of your degree, regardless of whether or not a deal is agreed.

Will you have to apply for a visa?

If a deal is 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 past January 2021, through something called the EU Settlement Scheme. This is free of charge and you can apply here or through an Android app. The Student Immigration and Compliance Team (SICT) will be hosting briefing sessions later this semester to discuss the application process. You can find more information on the Government website.

If the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, students or family members arriving between the official Brexit date and 31 December 2020, should apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which will allow you to remain in the UK for three years. We will cover this in briefing sessions and future updates, if this situation arises.

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?

In the case of a deal being agreed by the UK Government, 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.

If no deal is finalised, any students or family members arriving in the UK after the official Brexit date, that have applied for European Temporary Leave to Remain, will need to apply for a visa after three years when their Leave to Remain expires. Colleagues in The <i> and the compliance team will be on hand to support you when that time comes.

Will the ERASMUS+ scheme change?

In the event of a deal being 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. The UK Government has committed to negotiating access to the ERASMUS+ successor programme.

If no deal is finalised, the EU Commission has said it will seek to continue funding ERASMUS+ students who are in the UK at the point of Brexit. While we wait for clarification on the ‘no deal’ options for ERASMUS+, UCLan is working with its partner universities across the EU to make sure that exchange programmes can carry on regardless of the Brexit outcome.

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. For more information about PhD scholarships here.

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 Harris Building.

Best wishes
The Student Immigration & Compliance Team (SICT)
Room HB120 – Harris Building