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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

This information was last updated on 30 January 2020.

Q. For the purpose of this guidance, who is an 'EU national'?

For the purpose of this guidance, the definition of ‘EU national’ includes all of the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Q. I'm an EU national who is currently employed by the University. Can I continue to work at the University of Cambridge?

Yes. For EU nationals who were resident before exit date of 31 January 2020, your residency rights remain unchanged and you can continue to work at the University without restriction.

You must apply for either ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status, through the EU Settlement Status scheme, before 31 December 2020. The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications, which are now free of charge. 

If you are currently employed by the University and working abroad but were resident in the UK before 31 January 2020, you will still be able to apply for either pre-settled or settled status provided you have not been absent for more than five years continuously (for any reason) and return to the UK before 31 December 2020.

Further guidance on the EU Settlement Status scheme, which also encompasses guidance for your family members, is available on the University’s webpages and on government webpages.

Q. I'm an EU national who is currently employed by the University. Can I continue to apply for other jobs within the University?

Yes, you are able to apply for other positions at the University without restriction.

Q. I'm an EU national who is currently employed by the University. Will my rights within the workplace change?

The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 brings across the powers from EU Directives. This means that workers in the UK will continue to be entitled to the rights they have under UK law, covering those aspects which come from EU law.

Domestic legislation already exceeds EU-required levels of employment protection in a number of ways. The government will make small amendments to the language of workplace legislation to ensure the existing regulations reflect that the UK is no longer an EU country. These amendments will not change existing policy.

Will my rights within the workplace change if I work for the University in an EU country?

If you work for the University in an EU country, you should make yourself aware of the any relevant legislation implemented in the EU country in which you work.

Q. How will the University keep me updated?

The University will communicate with you directly via your University of Cambridge Hermes email address when there are significant updates. This website (www.eu.admin.cam.ac.uk) will also be regularly updated and revised to reflect up-to-date information.

Q. Who should I contact if I have queries about my position?

The University’s International Student Office provides information on a range of student-related immigration matters for applicants, students and their family members. 

The HR Compliance Team have significant experience with assisting with immigration applications for staff members.

The Cambridge Research Office provides advice on the impact of Brexit on EU grants, research projects and collaborations. For further information please contact the EU team on H2020@admin.cam.ac.uk using the email title 'Brexit query'.