This page provides regularly updated information about what the UK’s departure from the European Union means for students from EU countries.
Settlement scheme for EU citizens: draft rules released
On 21 June the government published the draft rules for the settlement scheme for EU citizens staying in the UK after Brexit. The scheme covers all EU citizens and dependants, such as children, living in the UK by 31 December 2020, with the application system open till 30 June 2021. The scheme will be available for EU students as well as other EU citizens.
An outline of the scheme is given below:
- You and your dependants can register through the scheme if you meet suitability requirements around criminality and criminal convictions. You will need to apply before your dependents. The government is in discussions with EEA countries and Switzerland to extend the same rights to their citizens.
- If you have already been here for five years or more and can evidence residence for that time, you can apply directly for settled status.
- If you arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply for temporary settled status and stay in the UK for five years. Once you have had temporary settled status for five years you can apply for permanent settled status.
- While you are on temporary settled status, you can spend up to six months of each year out of the UK, and, in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for healthcare, training or work), one period of up to 12 months of continuous time outside the UK.
- Once you have permanent settled status, you can spend up to five years of continuous time out of the UK without losing your settled status.
- If you arrive during the transition period, between 30 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, you will need to register to stay here for more than three months.
- A settled status application will cost £65 per adult and £32.50 per child, and if you already have a permanent resident card or indefinite leave to remain you can apply for free.
- Once you have temporary settled status you don't then have to pay again to upgrade it to permanent.
- Application will be online, with documents (where required) and proof of ID provided by post or in person, or via an online app, although the app will not work with Apple devices.
- Applications will be automatically linked to the past seven years of HMRC / DWP data, so any work that you have paid tax on, or benefits you have claimed in that period will automatically prove eligibility
- If you don’t have an HMRC / DWP record you can use further evidence (e.g. bank statements, P60, tuition fee invoice, SLC letter, tenancy agreement, council tax bill, payslip, utility bill).
- The system will open fully in March 2019. It will remain open till June 2021.
You can read more at the guide to the Home Office statement of intent, or the "EU nationals and Brexit: How to answer immediate and technical questions" or try this quiz on Brexit.
EU students - Universities UK International announcement on fees and financial support
The Department for Education has announced that EU students starting courses in England in September 2019 will pay the same tuition fees as UK students and remain eligible to receive UK government-backed loans to cover their tuition fees, for the full duration of their courses.
The Scottish Government has already confirmed that EU students studying in Scotland starting in 2019 will be subject to the same conditions as Scottish domiciles students. We expect announcements from the Welsh and Northern Irish governments shortly.
Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, comments:
“EU students make an important contribution to our universities, enriching our campuses culturally and academically.”
“This announcement on fees and financial support provides much needed clarity for EU students and for universities.”
"Students from EU countries can now apply for places on undergraduate courses starting in autumn 2019 with the confidence that they will not have to pay up-front tuition fees and will remain eligible to receive government-backed loans to cover their tuition fee for the duration of their courses. This announcement means that EU students commencing courses in autumn 2019 will continue to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the full duration of their courses."
1. In England there are more than 65,000 EU students studying at first-degree, undergraduate level. Across the UK and at all levels of study, there are a total of 134,835 students from other EU countries in the UK and demand has remained strong in recent years.
2. Universities UK has been calling for this confirmation since the start of 2018 and says. It warned last month that the UK could see a drop in EU students unless there urgent clarity about the fee status of EU students starting courses next year (2019-20) was provided.
3. Ahead of the EU leaders summit in March this year, Universities UK published a priorities statement on Brexit. It called for clarity on a number of areas affecting universities, including the issue of 2019-20 EU students' status.
4. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 136 members in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Universities UK promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk