Information for EU Students

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and the end of the transition period, freedom of movement ended at 11pm on 31 December 2020. The UK has introduced a points-based immigration system that applies to anyone who wants to come to live, study or work in the UK.  

If you arrived in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK after 30 June 2021.  

What status do I get? 

You’ll be given either: 

  • Settled status (Indefinite Leave to Remain): You’ll usually get settled status if you’ve lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’). Five years’ continuous residence means that for five years in a row you’ve been in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for at least six months in any 12-month period. Citizens with Settled status have no time limit on how long they can stay in the UK, or can apply for British Citizenship if eligible. 
  • Pre-settled status (Limited Leave to Remain)If you have not lived in the UK for five years in a row, you will be granted Pre-settlement status. You can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’ve had five years’ continuous residence. 

How can I apply for the EU Settlement scheme 

If you arrived in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 and you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. 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.  

What do you need to apply?  

  • proof of identity: passport, national identity card, Biometric Residence permit (BRP)  
  • proof of residence 

How Brexit affects my fee status and student finance? 

EU nationals who enrolled in 2020/21 on an undergraduate course and meet all of the eligibility criteria can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. If you’re starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will be regarded as a 'Home' student as long as they meet the residence criteria given by the Government. To find out information about these criteria, kindly refer to England fee status information provided by UKCISA. For further information, please refer to the Student Finance Eligibility 2021/22.

I am not eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Do I need a Student Visa? 

The UK has introduced a points-based immigration system that applies to anyone who wants to come to live, study or work in the UK. Under current plans, all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 and have not applied to, or are not eligible for, the Settlement Scheme will be subject to immigration control under the Student Route of the Points Based, for more information please see our visa pages.