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Last updated: 21 October 2020

UK Immigration rules changed on 5 October 2020. All the webpages in relation to 'applying for a visa under the Student Route' will be updated before 26 October 2020. If you are making a visa application between 5 October and 26 October, please read our Student Immigration Update and contact us for further information.

Overview

On these pages, 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'.

The UK has left the European Union and is now in a period of transition until 31 December 2020. If you are a resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, you will be eligible to apply for a visa under the 'EU Settlement Scheme'.

An overview of the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on the GOV website, as well as GOV guidance on travelling to the UK.

If you are coming to the UK after 31 December 2020 and are not previously a UK resident, then you will be subject to the new Point Based Immigration System. From 5 October 2020, you can request a CAS to apply for a visa under the new Student Route. More information can be found on GOV New Point Based System for EU nationals.

Detailed application guide for the 'EU Settlement Scheme' and FAQs for students at Warwick can be found here.

Further information on the wider impact of Brexit on students and staff at Warwick can be found here.

Please click on the relevant section below to expand the guidance.
  • In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK, including citizens 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 currently studying in the UK, or, are coming to study in the UK before 31 December 2020, or 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.

    What it means now that the UK left the EU with a deal?

    Click on the DEAL image below to view the flowchart with information on what happens now that the UK left the EU with a deal (an EU Withdrawal Agreement), including how this may affect your dependants.

    More information can be found on GOV website.

    brexit deal image 

  • If you are an offer-holder, your course starts before 31 December 2020 and you intend to travel to the UK before 31 December 2020, you will NOT be required to apply for a visa in order to study in the UK. You will be able to travel to the UK the same way as you do now and you may go through the e-Gate if you hold a biometric passport. It would be helpful to have a copy of your offer letter in your hand luggage in case you are asked the purpose of your travel when crossing the border. Once you arrive in the UK, you will need to make an application under the 'EU Settlement Scheme' before 30 June 2021 - the application is free of charge. Please click on the 'Deal' image above to find out more.

    However, if you intend to travel to the UK in January 2021, regardless of your course start date you will be subject to the new immigration rules and will need to apply for a visa under the new Student Route BEFORE travelling to the UK. We understand that the UKVI intend to make this application available to EU nationals from October 2020. To avoid the need for a student visa which requires visa application fees and payment of Immigration Health Surcharge, we recommend that wherever possible, you arrive at Warwick before 31 December 2020.

    Please refer to UKCISA - Brexit: immigration, fees and student support for when you arrive for further information.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

  • From now until 31 December 2020, free movement continues and so your entitlement to health care in the UK remains unchanged. If you are coming to the UK to study, you will need to obtain an EHIC card from the EEA country where you are a resident in order to access health care in the UK. If you do not reside in a EEA country before you come to the UK, you will need to obtain private 'comprehensive health insurance', otherwise you will have limited access to health care in the UK. See NHS leaflet about visitors to the UK as students.

    Once you have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme, explanatory Memorandums which accompany the Regulations for Accessing the National Health Service (for England) state that future regulations will ensure people with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme can access free NHS care so long as they are ordinarily resident beyond 31 December 2020. To find out more, please refer to further information on UKCISA website.

    If you have already obtained permanent residence, or, have been granted 'settled status', then you will have continued right to access healthcare as you do now.

News and updates:

05 October 2020: UK Immigration rules changed on 5 October 2020. EEA/Swiss nationals who have never lived in the UK before and intend to arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will now require a visa under the new Student Route in order to study in the UK for a course which is longer than 6 months. We recommend that you arrive in the UK before the end of 2020 where possible, but do contact your Admissions team if you are unable to and will now require a CAS in order to apply for a visa under the Student Route.

All the webpages in relation to 'applying for a visa under the Student Route' will be updated before 26 October 2020. You can start making a visa application under the Student Route from 5 October 2020 if you are outside of the UK. Your visa will be valid from 1 January 2021. If you are planning to make a visa application between 5 October and 26 October, please read our Student Immigration Update and contact us for further information.

31 January 2020: UK Withdrawal Agreement was approved by European Parliament on 29 January, and the UK left the European Union at 23:00 GMT on 31 January 2020. We are now in a transition period, which is due to last until 31 December 2020. During this period, the UK will remain in both the EU customs union and single market.