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EU/EEA Swiss National Students

Current Students/Students Arriving in 2019/20

The UK are currently due to leave the EU on 31 October 2019 and until they do, there is no change to the immigration status of EU/EEA/Swiss nationals.  If you intend to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for UK immigration permission under the EU Settlement Scheme.  The exact application deadline is dependant on whether or not the UK leave the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement (Brexit Deal) in place, as outlined below.

If the UK leaves the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement in place, free movement of EU citizens will continue until 31 December 2020.  EU/EEA/Swiss nationals, and their eligible family members who are already in the UK, or those who arrive during the implementation period (currently up to 31 December 2020 but this may be extended), can apply for immigration permission under the EU Settlement Scheme (Apply here). When ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status is granted under this scheme, there are no restrictions on where or what you study in the UK.  The deadline to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme will be 30 June 2021.

If the UK leaves the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place, free movement will end with effect from the day that the UK leave the EU.  If you are already in the UK on the day that the UK exit the EU, you can continue to live and study as before, but must apply for immigration permission under the EU Settlement Scheme before 31 December 2020 (Apply here)If you are temporarily absent from the UK when Brexit takes place you may still be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme if you have a permitted absence, such as studying abroad.  Please see the UKVI Guidance for further information.

Students arriving after the UK have left the EU

If the UK leaves the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement in place, students will still be permitted to come to the UK without immigration permission until 31 December 2020 (this date could be extended).  You will need to apply for immigration permission under the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to remain in the UK after the 31 December 2020.  There are no restrictions on where or what you study in the UK when ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status is granted under this scheme. 

Students arriving after 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission under the immigration rules that are in place at the time, in order to live, work and study in the UK.

If the UK leaves the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be permitted to come to the UK to work or study for up to 3 months.  If you will be studying in the UK for more than 3 months, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain within 3 months of arrival in the UK.  When granted, this permits 36 months’ leave to remain, without work or study restrictions.  To remain in the UK longer than the European Temporary Leave to Remain that is granted, you will need to apply for further leave to remain under the immigration rules that are in place at the time.  The new immigration system is scheduled to come into effect in January 2021.

You can find more information/guidance about the impact of Brexit on students and the EU Settlement Scheme at the following links: