Information for EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals

This page contains information for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals on their right to study in the UK following Britain's exit from the European Union. 

Following Britain's exit from the European Union, it is important that all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals understand how this will impact their ability to live, study and work in the UK as the transition period ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

The information on this page is aimed at ensuring all our students have the required information to take the necessary actions to secure their status under the EU Settlement Scheme if eligible before the relevant deadline. Information on applying under the new immigration route from 1 January 2021 will also be covered.

EU Settlement Scheme

Until 11pm on 31 December 2020, the status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens remained unchanged. The EU settlement scheme (EUSS) has been designed to offer you the opportunity to protect your residence in the UK after the transition period has ended. You may be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you and your family members have established a right of residence in the UK before the specified date of 31 December 2020.

If you are eligible to apply to the EU settlement scheme, you could be granted settled status if you have lived in the UK for five years and more or pre-settled status if you have not been in the UK for five years. There is no minimum time you need to have spent in the UK in order to apply for pre-settled status, but you will need to show evidence that you meet the definition of 'continuous qualifying period'.

The EU settlement scheme guidance for Home Office caseworkers contains a helpful list on pages 178-180 of evidence that the Home Office currently accept as proof of residence. The list is not exhaustive as there is a flexible approach to allow other evidence not mentioned in the guidance to help applicants to evidence their continuous qualifying period.

Please note that if you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 or are currently resident in the UK, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the scheme. We strongly recommend that you apply as soon as you can if you meet the eligibility requirements.

We have put together the below FAQs from questions most of you have enquired about via email to help you understand the process and rules around the EUSS and the Sudent route.

Can I apply for the EU settlement or Pre-settlement status (EUSS) in the UK?

You will need to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK. To be eligible to apply under the scheme, you should have entered the UK and be resident by 11pm on 31 December 2020. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021. To find out how the EUSS compare to each other, please refer to the table provided by the Mayor of London Website.

How much does this application cost?

The application is free of charge. You will need to download the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app using an Android phone, or an iPhone 7.

I arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020. When should I apply for the scheme?

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who arrived in the UK before the end of the transition period and their family members are permitted to apply for pre-settlement status if they wish to remain in the UK beyond 30 June 2021 also known as the ‘grace period’.

I am an Irish citizen. Do I need to apply for the EUSS?

Irish nationals are not required to regularise their status in the UK but can choose to apply under the scheme if they wish to do so. However, non-Irish/British family members should apply under the EUSS to retain their right to live, work and/or study in the UK.

What is the ‘grace period’?

The time between the end of the transition period (11pm 31 December 2020) and the deadline to apply for the EUSS is considered the ‘grace period’. Anyone who arrives in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 is regarded as living lawfully in the UK.

Will I need a visa?

Under current plans, those who arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021, and have not applied to the EUSS, will be subject to immigration control under the new Student Route. Once you accept the offer to study at London Met, you will be required to pay the deposit (amount written in your offer letter) to start the process of CAS and visa.

I already applied for the EUSS and I am completing my studies remotely due to COVID-19. DO I need to return to the UK because of BREXIT?

You need to ensure that you have not been out of the UK for more than 12 months before the deadline to apply under the EUSS (30 June 2021). In order to qualify for settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme, you must not normally have been out of the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period. There is an exception to this if you have been undertaking a study abroad year as part of your degree or for another important reason, such as pregnancy, childbirth, or serious illness (including Coronavirus-related reasons). In this case you must not have been out of the UK for more than 12 consecutive months. If you would like more information about periods of absence, please refer to the Mayor of London Website.

I hold pre-settlement status, and I have been outside the UK for over 12 months. Is my permission still valid?

If you do not have permanent residence status under the EEA Regulations or settled status under the EUSS, an absence from the UK of more than 12 months will always interrupt your continuous qualifying period. In these circumstances, if you want to restart your continuous qualifying period you should have entered the UK by 11pm on 31 December 2020 to be eligible for pre-settled status under the EUSS. 'Pre-settled' status will be lost after a continuous absence of more than two years from the UK. 

I started my course remotely in the academic year 20/21. Can I apply for EUSS before arriving in the UK?

If you have commenced your course online in your home country due to COVID-19, and you would otherwise be studying in the UK, you will be eligible to apply under the EUSS as long as you arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you did not arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, you will be required to apply under the Student Route.

My course is 6 months or less. DO I need to apply for Student visa or Visitor visa?

EU, EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months, without applying for a visa and may participate in short term study. You don’t need to apply for the visitor visa in advance, you can apply on arrival to the UK. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals are permitted to enter the UK using the E-gates. We encourage you to keep your flight or train tickets and boarding passes safe for the purpose of enrolment as this will be used to determine your date of arrival and completion.

How does BREXIT affect healthcare in the UK?

If you are eligible for the EUSS (i.e., you are a UK resident or arrived in the UK to study before 11pm 31 December 2020) your entitlement to health care in the UK remains the same as a British Resident. If you are not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme because you will first arrive to live in the UK from 1 January 2021, you will be required to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge with your visa application. Those studying courses for less than six months should acquire medical insurance as you are entitled to limited NHS treatment.

I have ‘Permanent Residence’ to live in the UK. Do I need to apply under the EUSS?

If you currently hold ‘Permanent Residence’ and would like to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021 you will have 2 options:

  1. Apply under the EUSS (you will not be required to prove you have 5 years’ continuous residence).
  2. Apply for citizenship before 30 June 2021.

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss national and I already live in the UK but I do not want to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is your choice whether you apply for the scheme or not. If you choose not to apply, you should be aware of how this might affect your status in the UK from 30 June 2021, the current deadline to apply. We will need to contact all students during the summer of 2021 to ask for evidence of their status in the UK.

If you are on a course that means you will need to be enrolled for the 2021/22 academic year, and you have not applied for the Settlement Scheme before the deadline, and if no further deadlines are granted by the UK government, this means you will need to leave the UK to apply for a Student visa to continue your course. Our International Support and Compliance Team can help you with this process.

This may also affect your right to work and live in the UK. You should make sure you understand how this will affect you by reviewing the guidance available online.

London Met is very proud of our inclusive student body and welcome all students from around the world. We understand that you may find the situation frustrating or confusing and if you would like to speak to someone, you can contact Student Services for support.

Can I get assistance to apply for the Settlement scheme?

We recommend you to take a look at the below resources for guidance and seek support from our dedicated team by emailing adviceinternational@londonmet.ac.uk if you have any questions:

The table below seeks to provide a clear distinction between the routes described above and some of the entitlements under them.

 

EUSS

Student Visa

Standard Visitor Visa

Study

Yes: tuition fee likely to be the same as ‘Home’ fee *

*check England Fee Status

Yes: tuition fee likely to be ‘Overseas’ fee *

*check England Fee Status

Yes: You are permitted to study full time, part-time or complete re-sits examinations for up to 6 months.

Work

Yes: without any hour’s restriction. However, if you are studying a full time course we strongly recommend you to work on a part time basis or up to 20 hours per week.

Yes: If you have permission to work (written on your BRP) you are permitted to work 20 hours per week during term time and full time during school holidays and after completion of you course

No: You are not permitted to work or complete a work placement.

Access to healthcare

Free of charge: your entitlement to health care in the UK remains the same as a British Resident

£470 per year of study: you are required to pay for the Immigration and Health Surcharge (IHS) at the point of application, if you don’t make the payment you will not be able to complete your student visa application.

No: you should acquire a private medical care before arriving in the UK.

Student Finance

Yes: you will be able to access financial support for the duration of their course

No: Overseas students are not entitled to student finance and should meet the financial requirements listed in the Student Visa guidelines

No: you are not entitled to student finance and should be able to demonstrate that you can support yourself during your time in the UK.

Bring Dependants

Yes: you are permitted to bring family members*

 

*refer to Family members of EEA nationals to find out if they meet the criteria

Yes: if you are studying a Postgraduate course

NO: if you are studying a Undergraduate course

*refer to Student Visa information to see if they meet the ‘Dependant’ criteria

No: You will not be allowed to bring your family to the UK as your dependants, marry or register a civil partnership.

Graduate Route

No: this immigration route will be available to students who have immigration permission under Tier 4 or Student visa route.

Yes: If you are on a Tier 4 or Student Visa Route and you are completing your degree in or after the summer of 2021.*

* Check the other requirements to be eligible to apply under the Graduate Route

No: this immigration route will be available to students who have previously been granted immigration permission under Tier 4 or Student visa route.

 

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