Brexit - reminder of the changes that will affect staff and visitors from 1 January 2021
As we near the end of the Brexit implementation period which will end on 31 December 2020, it is worth reminding staff of the various changes they need to be aware of.
Working in, travelling to or visiting the UK
European nationals already living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- European nationals (except Irish nationals and those already with indefinite leave to remain) already living in the UK on 31 December 2020 should apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before the deadline of 30 June 2021 if they have not already done so. The scheme is free to apply.
- Remember you need to show continuous residence in the UK over a five year period to be granted settled status. If you do not have this you will be granted pre-settled status and given five years to gain settled status.
- You must still apply even if you hold a permanent residence card.
- You will not need to apply for a UK visa under the new immigration system as you are able to apply for a settled/pre settled status through the EUSS.
- You will not be required to undertake a further right to work check as long as you remain in employment with no break in service and there is no need to advise us when you receive your settled or pre-settled status. It is your choice whether you wish to do so.
- You can still prove your rights in the UK until 30 June 2021 with your passport or national identity card. If you already have pre-settled or settled status, you can also choose to show this status.
European nationals arriving in the UK to work from 1 January 2021.
- Most European nationals (except Irish nationals) not already in the UK will need to obtain a visa in advance of arriving to be able to come to work in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards.
- The new immigration system and rules apply equally to any European and non-European nationals who require a visa to work in the UK from January 2021.
- The new Immigration system provides visa routes for skilled and specialist occupations, but does not provide a specific route for general low-skilled work.
- Applicants will need to meet the criteria and score the required number of points for the relevant immigration visa.
- The main immigration route for skilled work is the Skilled Worker Visa. Check if the role is eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa here.
- For academics and researchers, the Global Talent Visa route may be applicable.
- Visa applicants will need to pay the relevant visa fees. In addition, if they are coming to the UK for more than 6 months, they may have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge of £624 p.a. which gives access the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
- For new starters who require a visa to work in the UK departments should state this on the new offer form and contact Immigration for advice.
Immigration Support Scheme to help with UK visa costs
The Immigration Support Scheme has been put in place to provide support to help all its international staff who are required to apply and pay for visas to work at Warwick. By providing a reimbursement scheme up to a capped amount, we hope to reduce some of the financial burdens associated with obtaining visas for our employees and their families to come to, and remain in the UK by providing financial support. Details of the scheme can be found on the HR webpages here.
European nationals visiting the UK from 1 January 2021
- European nationals will continue to be able to travel to the UK for holidays, short trips or academic visits of up to 6 months (but not work) without needing a visa. You will be able to cross the UK border using a valid passport. For academic visits of between 6 and 12 months you will usually need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.
- At the border you must provide a valid passport or travel document. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. You may also be asked to prove that you are eligible for the activities you want to do, you have arranged accommodation for your stay, you will leave at the end of your visit and you are able to support yourself and your dependents during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you).
- Irish nationals are not affected by these changes will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.
- Those visiting the UK should ensure they have adequate travel insurance that covers healthcare including cover for pre-existing medical conditions for the duration of their trip.
- European visitors with a non-UK driving licence will still be able to drive in the UK and will not need an international driving permit (IDP).
- Those taking their own vehicle to the UK with vehicle insurance issued in the EEA should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance.
Travelling to Europe from the UK
UK Nationals visiting the EU from 1 January 2021
- UK nationals must check their passport before travelling to ensure it has a minimum of 6 months left and be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left). Otherwise you may not be able to travel.
- You will not need a visa for short trips to most EU and EEA countries and Switzerland. You will be able to travel to countries and stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. The whole visit to Schengen countries should be within the limit. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total.
- The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.
- At border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket, show you have enough money for your stay and use separate lanes from European citizens when queueing.
- You must obtain travel insurance that covers your healthcare including cover for pre-existing medical conditions. EHIC cards for UK nationals are no longer valid after 1 January 2021.
7. If driving to Europe, check you have the right driving documents. Check the gov.uk website if you require an international driving permit. If you are taking your own vehicle, you will also need a ‘green card’ and a GB sticker.
8. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel. You need to check the country you are travelling to for its own entry requirements and if you are required to have certain documents. You can check the entry requirements for the country you are visiting here.
- If you provide services like legal services in a European country, you need to check that your professional qualifications will be recognised in the EU.
See the University Brexit pages for the latest information about Brexit and what you need to do if you are an EU national or a UK national travelling to the EU.