Information for students who are required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme
As an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, if you are already living in the UK or arrived in the UK by 11pm 31 December 2020, you will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. As long as you arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020 the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to remain a resident in the UK is 30 June 2021.
More details on the application process are available here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
The EU Settlement Scheme
You will be eligible to apply for the scheme if you are either;
- an EU national with a valid passport or (not identity card)
- a citizen of Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland (no-EU EEA citizens)
- a Swiss citizen
- an eligible family member of the above
- and are resident in the UK or arrive by 31 December 2020. The scheme is now available to the family members of British citizens who are currently in the UK under EU law provisions. EU family members are also able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to apply for either settled or pre-settled status, residents with either of these statuses will still be able to access education without change. If you do not have settled status then you will be required to apply for a Student visa.
You will be eligible to apply to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status) if by 31 December 2020, you have been continually living in the UK for 5 years. If you have had absences from the UK during the 5-year period of up to 6 months, or one period of up to 12 months in specific circumstances including serious illness or study, you can still apply for the scheme.
You will be eligible to apply for limited leave to remain in the UK (known as pre-settled status) if you arrive by 31 December 2020, but have not yet have been continuously living in the UK for 5 years. This enables you to stay until you have reached the 5-year threshold, after which time you will be eligible to apply for settled status.
How do I apply?
You can submit your application for settled or pre-settled status online via: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status
If you need further support or guidance then please visit the UKCISA website here: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice