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Brexit: Analysis and FAQs

 

For the purposes of this guidance, the defintion 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.

This information was last updated on 11 February 2019.

Q. 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 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 (29 March 2019), your residency rights will remain unchanged.

However, you must apply for either pre-settled or settled status, through the EU Settlement Status scheme.

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 29 March 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. Do I need to do anything now?

The EU Settlement Status scheme opened for a public ‘test phase’ on 21 January, which will merge into the full public rollout, planned for March 2019.

All EU nationals in the UK will be required to apply for either pre-settled or settled status. 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 29th March 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. 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?

Students

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.

Staff

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 staff member 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 staff member 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 staff members already travelling on University business in Europe who did not take out insurance before they left the UK. Staff members 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 current  trip.

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.

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.