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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

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

This information was last updated on 11 February 2019.

Q. I'm an EU student. What is the impact on my immigration status in the UK?

The UK government has confirmed its commitment to protect the rights of EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members, residing in the UK prior to 29 March 2019, when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. The EU Settlement Scheme will allow EEA and Swiss 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. You have until at least December 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme during which time your rights in the UK remain the same, even in the event the UK leaves the EU with no deal. For further information on the EU Settlement Scheme visit the ‘International Students’ webpages.

Under a withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU, students arriving in the UK up until 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government has outlined arrangements for those arriving to live in the UK after 29 March 2019.

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 a UK/EU student. Will a no-deal Brexit affect my ability to travel abroad?

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU/EEA and Swiss nationals will be able to enter the UK as currently, but for those arriving in the UK for the very first time after 29 March 2019 there will be restrictions on their ability to stay beyond 3 months (more information can be found on the government website and this factsheet).

For UK citizens travelling in Europe, the European Council has confirmed that, in the event of no deal, it will allow visa-free travel to all EU/EEA and Swiss countries, including those not in the Schengen zone, for a period of up to 90 days (across any 180 day period). This will remain the case provided the UK reciprocates on the same basis. There will be no restrictions on stay during that 90 day period.

Further information for UK nationals who will be travelling to the EU in the event of no deal, including the requirement to have a minimum six months remaining on your passport, is provided on the government website.

In respect of travel, the UK government would envisage granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate air services between the UK and the EU and expects EU countries to reciprocate. The European Commission has also acknowledged an agreement on air services would be desirable in the event of the UK leaving with no deal. If such permissions are not granted, there could be some delays to flights. Read the full information on the government website.

For students studying or undertaking research in Europe, information for UK nationals living in the EU is provided on the UK government website.

You are advised to keep up to date with information on the government website and sign up for relevant updates.

Q. Will Brexit have an impact on my tuition fee status?

There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.

EU students applying to start at the University in 2019 will remain eligible for the Home fee rate for the duration of your course. In addition, there is no change to the eligibility requirements for financial support from Student Finance England for those starting courses in 2019/20. Read the full announcement here.

The fee status of EU nationals for 2020 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK government.

Q. How will Brexit affect EU students accessing student loans?

Students continuing or starting a course in the 2019/20 academic year, and are eligible to receive loans and/or grants from Student Finance England, will continue to remain eligible for the duration of their course.

Read the full announcement here.

Q. Will there be any changes to the Cambridge scholarships available to EU and other international applicants?

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses in England in the academic year 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for Home fee status. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their courses on the same basis as it is currently available.

Please see the Cambridge Trusts Scholarships page for further information.

Q. What impact will Brexit have on research funding from the EU?

UK institutions remain fully eligible to apply for EU funding until the day the UK departs from the EU. After the UK’s departure from the EU, eligibility to apply for EU funding will be dependent on the wider agreement between the UK and EU. In case of a no-deal Brexit, the UK will be considered a third country and eligibility to apply for EU funds will be dependent on the legal framework in place at the time. The Research Office will monitor developments closely and will update researchers and departments as soon as further clarification is provided.

The UK government has committed to underwrite all Horizon 2020 awards which are submitted (and subsequently awarded) until the date the UK leaves the EU. In case of a no-deal Brexit and if the government underwriting is needed, the Research Office will liaise with UKRI to ensure awards are transitioned into a UK scheme and funds are received in accordance with guidance provided at the time.

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'.

Q. Will the UK continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme?

Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme this academic year (2018/19) are not expected to be affected by Brexit, even in the event of no deal. The European Commission’s contingency measures would ensure both UK and EU students who are participating in Erasmus+ at the time of Brexit can complete their placement without interruption and continue to receive funding.

Under a withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU, the UK would continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until 2020/21 and EU funding for participants would be unaffected. Future participation after 2020 would be decided as part of the future partnership negotiations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the government will engage with the European Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s continued participation in Erasmus+ until 2020/21. Continued participation would therefore be subject to these discussions being successful. The University is liaising with Erasmus partners to receive assurances that study placements would be able to continue independently.

Further information is outlined on the UK National Agency’s website.

Information for UK nationals who will be travelling to the EU in the event of no deal, including the requirement to have a minimum six months remaining on your passport, is provided on the UK government website

Information for UK nationals living in the EU in the event of no deal is provided on the UK government website.

Q. I have heard that the EHIC card is unlikely to be valid for UK nationals travelling to the EU if there is a no deal. Will the University provide equivalent travel insurance?

For graduate students, the University will provide equivalent-level travel insurance for temporary trips to EU countries in the same way that it does for the rest of the world. This can be arranged via the University insurance section. Any graduate student travelling anywhere on University business should arrange it as it provides much wider cover than just medical expenses.

The insurance, which does not cost the student anything, includes cover for remedial treatment for known medical conditions. Travel insurance does not cover elective treatment, treatment arranged overseas before a trip, repeat medication prescribed in the UK, and over-the-counter medication. For insurance cover to be valid, cover must be arranged before the trip commences.

In relation to issues that may arise from a no-deal Brexit, only the University insurance section can arrange cover for graduate students already travelling on University business in Europe who did not take out insurance before they left the UK. Graduate students already in Europe without insurance who do not intend to return to the UK before 29 March 2019 should contact the University insurance section on insurance.section.online@admin.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible to arrange cover for their existing trip.

The University will also cover undergraduates travelling overseas on departmental field trips. Undergraduate students on a year abroad, and those on other University placements, are not covered by the University’s insurance. Year abroad students are advised to take out suitable travel / health insurance prior to travelling overseas. Undergraduates travelling abroad after the UK leaves the European Union should ensure they have appropriate insurance in place.

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'.

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.