EEA nationals (including Swiss nationals) and their family members who are currently studying, or, are applying to study at the University of Warwick, can find useful information about their right to study in the UK following Brexit, as well as how and when to apply under the 'EU Settlement Scheme' here.
EU Settlement Scheme
In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK (including that of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). This includes the right to live here, to study, work and access public services such as healthcare. To retain these rights beyond 31 December 2020, EU citizens and their family members must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.
This means that if you are a current student studying at the University of Warwick in the UK, and intend to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020, or, if you are undecided but want to keep your options open, then you will have between now and at least 31 December 2020 to make this application.The University is committed to providing support to help you register your right to live and study in the UK post-Brexit.
To find out more about this scheme and assistance that we offer, visit our FAQ for Students webpage.
Overview of what you may need to do if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal:
Click on the DEAL or NO DEAL image below to view the flowchart with information on what happens if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal (an EU Withdrawal Agreement).
More information on what if the UK leaves the EU with a deal can be found on GOV website.
More information on what if the UK leaves the EU without a deal can also be found on GOV website, as well as a guidance document on what happens if you intend to come for longer than 3 months after 29 March 2019.
News and updates:
7 March 2019: A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was laid before parliament on 7 March 2019 and a number of changes within it related to the provisions for the EU Settlement Scheme. We have updated the Student FAQ webpage accordingly.
22 January 2019: The Department for Education confirmed in a formal ministerial statement that 'EU nationals (and their family members) who start a course in England in the 2019/20 academic year or before, will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee’ status and student finance support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, provided they meet the residency requirement', even in a 'no deal' scenario.
21 December 2018: A new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules was laid on 20 December 2018, and the Home Office announced that this would enable the EU Settlement Scheme to be rolled out to public test phase from 21 January 2019.
19 December 2018: The Home Secretary announced a new skill-based Immigration system post-Brexit. You can find more information on the White Paper (a policy document that set out the government's proposals for future legislation and provide a basis for further consultation to allow final changes before a Bill is formally presented to Parliament). The new immigration system is expected to be implemented from 2021. For now, we have been assured by the Home Office policy team that there is no intention to wind up the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme in advance of the 2019/20 academic year.
6 December 2018: The government published a plan for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK: Policy Paper on citizens' rights in the event of a no deal Brexit. EU students who are currently studying at Warwick will have their rights protected and will just need to apply for either a 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status before the end of 2020. The EU Settlement Scheme itself is expected to be generous and user-friendly, with case-workers “looking to grant status, not for reasons to refuse”.
20 November 2018: UKCISA pulished a blog written by a University of Liverpool student adviser sharing her experience of applying under the EU settlement scheme (first stage testing).
1 November 2018: UKCISA published a Brexit flyer for students which outlines the anticipated fees status and legal status of EU and non-EU EEA students from 2019.
29 October 2018: The Government has announced that a second pilot for the roll out of the EU Settlement Scheme will be open to EU staff at all HEIs registered as Tier 4 sponsors (this includes the University of Warwick) from 15 November 2018. It is open to EU staff members only (those on monthly payroll from H.R. including those on STP, but not employees of Unitemps or Warwick SU). Staff members should refer to the Brexit Guidance for Staff page for more information.
It is anticipated that Warwick students will be eligible to apply for pre-settled status or settled status from March 2019 when the scheme is open to the general public. More guidance will be available nearer the time. More information is available via Gov.uk.
30 July 2018: A Statement of Change to Immigration Rules was published on 25 July 2018 with the insertion of a new section, called Appendix EU, catering for the settled status registration scheme for EU citizens. Appendix EU comes into force on 28 August 2018, but only for applicants from 15 hospitals and universities in the north west of England (by invitation only). It is expected that the application system will be tested over the coming months and the Home Office expects it to be fully open in time for nominal Brexit in March 2019.
5 July 2018: The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given reassurances to EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility for those already on courses. Read more on UKCISA webpage.
21 June 2018: On Thursday 21 June, the Home Office Minister Caroline Nokes made a statement and provided further details about the EU settlement scheme. This will provide the basis for EU citizens resident here, and their family members, to obtain their new UK immigration status, consistent with the draft withdrawal agreement. More information can be found in the EU Settlement Scheme document. Following this, rules are expected to be laid in July 2018 with further details.
Request a Student Status Letter (currently enrolled students only- please specify that you require this letter as 'proof of residence' in order to apply for the 'EU Settlement Scheme' so that you are issued the correct letter)