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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

This information was last updated on 13 July 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 was residing in the UK before 31 January 2020. Can I still apply for positions at the University of Cambridge?

Yes. For EU nationals who were resident before exit date (31 January 2020), your residency rights remain unchanged and you are still able to apply for positions at the University.

However, you must apply for either pre-settled or settled status, through the EU Settlement Status scheme, before 30 June 2020. The EU Settlement Status scheme is live and open for applications, which are free of charge. 

If you are currently working overseas, but were previously resident in the UK for at least five years, you would be eligible for settled status provided you have not been absent from the UK (for any reason) for more than five years and you re-enter the UK before 31 December 2020 and apply to the scheme before 30 June 2020.

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

Q. I'm an EU national who arrived in the UK for the first time after 31 January 2020. Can I still apply for positions at the University of Cambridge?

Yes. For EU nationals who arrive after exit date of 31 January 2020 and before 31 December 2020, you are still able to apply for positions at the University.

You will not require a visa to enter the UK prior to 31 December 2020.  At border control, you will be able to enter the UK using your passport or ID card. There will be no restrictions on your ability to live or work in the UK. You will be able to reside and take up employment/work in the UK as soon as you enter. After arrival, you must apply for a status through the EU Settlement Status scheme before 30 June 2020. 

For entry after 1 January 2021, you may require a visa to enter the UK, depending on the nature of your travel (e.g. visiting/working etc.). Once further details of the new immigration system are known, these webpages will be updated accordingly.

Irish nationals will have no restrictions on their stay and will not be required to apply for temporary status of any kind.

Q. I'm an EU national who arrived in the UK for the first time after 31 January 2020. Can I bring my family members?

Yes. Family members who are EU nationals can enter on the same basis as yourself and would be required to apply via the EU Settlement scheme before 30 June 2021.

Family members from non-EEA countries will need to apply for a ‘family permit’ before accompanying or joining you in the UK, depending on their nationality. Further details of this process are available here: https://www.gov.uk/family-permit/eu-settlement-scheme-family-permit

For further guidance on this process, please see the final question below for contact details of teams who can assist.

Q. I'm a non-EU national. Can I still apply for positions at the University of Cambridge?

Yes. No change is anticipated to the current UK immigration system for non-EU nationals until at least 2021.

Further details on how to obtain an appropriate visa can be found on the University’s webpages on immigration.

Q. Will you need to do additional pre-employment checks if I am offered a position at the University and I am from a country within the European Union?

No. It is not currently expected that additional pre-employment checks will be required for applicants from the European Union. Evidence of right to work will still be required, as detailed in the questions below.

Q. Will there be changes to checking right to work in the UK?

No. The government has confirmed that right to work checks will not change and existing procedures will therefore continue to apply, including for those who arrived after 31 January 2020. 

This means that EU nationals will be able to continue proving their right to work in the UK using only their passport or ID card. There will be no requirement to inform, or evidence, to the University that you have gained documentation through the EU Settlement Status scheme. The government have indicated that this will remain the case until at least 30 June 2021.

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'.