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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

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Government guidance for UK nationals if there's no Brexit deal

European Commission guidance on travelling between the UK and the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit

This information was last updated on 13 June 2019.

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?

No. There is no anticipated possibility of a ‘cliff edge’ regarding the rights of EU nationals for those already present in the UK. Whether there is a deal or no deal, for EU nationals who are resident before exit date (now 31 October 2019), your residency rights will remain unchanged.

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 December 2020. Applications for this scheme are required even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications, which are now free of charge. 

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 October 2019you 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'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 31 October 2019, when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. 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 as currently. There is no need to do anything immediately.

The EU Settlement Status scheme is now live and open for applications. All EU nationals in the UK will be required to apply for either pre-settled or settled status, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The application deadline is 31st December 2020 (in the event of a no deal) or 30th June 2021 (in the event of a deal). There is no requirement to apply for or gain status before 31 October 2019. Please note that applications to this scheme are now free of charge.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government has outlined arrangements for those arriving to live in the UK after 31 October 2019.

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 October 2019. Do I need a visa to re-enter the UK?

No. For our EU national employees and students returning to the UK after the exit date (now 31 October 2019), there will be no requirement to obtain a visa to return to the UK. At border control, you will be able to enter the UK using only your passport or ID card, as you can at present.

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 October 2019. Will I require a visa?

Under the draft withdrawal agreement, EU nationals arriving in the UK between 31 October 2019 - 31 December 2020 will be able to enter the UK as currently and are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

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.

In the event of a no-deal, the UK government has outlined arrangements on their website and in a factsheet for EU nationals arriving to live in the UK for the first time after 31 October 2019. 

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.