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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

This information was last updated on 5 September 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 the expected exit date (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. You have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply. The Home Office has recently re-confirmed in their Free Movement Factsheet this is the case even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  Those who have not applied to the scheme by 31 October 2019 will still have the same entitlements to work and study, and access to services, as they do now. 

The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications, which are 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 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. The Home Office recently re-confirmed in their Free Movement Factsheet that this is the case even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Applications to this scheme are free of charge.

Details of changes for those arriving to live in the UK after 31 October in the event of a no-deal Brexit are under development by the UK government, and a summary is provided under question 5, below. 

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 expected exit date (31 October 2019), there will be no requirement to obtain a visa. The Home Office has confirmed that all EU nationals eligible for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme will be able to re-enter the UK when free movement ends.

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?

No. In the event of no deal, new EU staff and students moving to the UK to study/work at the University after 31 October 2019 and prior to 31 December 2020 will continue to be able to enter the UK using only their passport or ID card. 

After entry, you be able to live/work/study freely in the UK, but you must apply for “European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR)” by31 December 2020. Further details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/no-deal-immigration-arrangements-for-eu-citizens-moving-to-the-uk-after-brexit/no-deal-immigration-arrangements-for-eu-citizens-arriving-after-brexit

The application will be free of charge and will provide you with 36 month ‘leave to remain’ in the UK, which allows you to live/work/study freely. At the end of the 36 months you must apply for a visa under the new immigration system, once this has been created. The University would provide guidance to current staff and students as required at the time you would need to apply.  

Between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2020, EU nationals can continue to use just their passport or ID card to evidence their right to work/study and access services and benefits in the UK. 

In the event of a deal, 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 on the same basis as those arriving before 31 October 2019. 

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.