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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. Will Brexit affect my ability to stay in the UK?

If you are an EU national who is already resident in the UK, your residency rights will remain unchanged with the same entitlements to work and study, and access to services.

However, you must apply for either pre-settled or settled status through the EU Settlement Status scheme if you intend to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. You have until 30 June 2021 to apply. 

The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications, which are free of charge. 

Q. I'm an EU national. Do I need to do anything now regarding my immigration status?

The UK government has confirmed its commitment to protect the rights of EU nationals, and their family members, residing in the UK prior to the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EU nationals to continue living in the UK with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services.

The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications. All EU nationals in the UK will be required to apply for either pre-settled or settled status. The application deadline is 30th June 2021. Applications to this scheme are free of charge.

Staff

Further guidance on the EU Settlement Status scheme, including how to make an application, is available on the University webpages and on the government webpages.

Students

Students can find information on the scheme from the 'International Students' webpages.

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

Q. I will be overseas, but returning to the UK on/after 31 January 2020. Do I need a visa to re-enter the UK?

No. For our EU national employees and students returning to the UK after 31 January 2020, there will be no requirement to obtain a visa. Free movement will continue until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 and entry to the UK will continue as previously during this time.

Staff

Staff can find out further information on this scheme here.

If you are currently employed by the University and working abroad but were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020you will still be able to apply for either pre-settled or settled status provided you have not been absent for more than 5 years continuously (for any reason) and return to the UK before 31 December 2020.

Students

Students can find information on the scheme from the 'International Students' webpages.

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

Q. I am an EU national who will be coming to the UK for the first time to study / work at the University after 31 January 2020. Will I require a visa?

No. Under the withdrawal agreement, EU nationals arriving in the UK between 31 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 will be able to enter the UK as currently and are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme on the same basis as those arriving before 31 January 2020. 

Further guidance for staff on the EU Settlement Status scheme is available on the University webpages and on the government webpages.

Information for students on the scheme is provided on the 'International Students' webpages

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

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

Q. I’m a non-EEA national. Is there any impact on me?

The referendum has no effect upon the UK immigration system and there are no foreseeable changes to the mechanism by which non-EEA nationals can visit, study, work, or settle in the UK.