Information for EU students including the EU Settlement Scheme
The current situation (as of January 2019) states that, if you are an EU citizen, you are already in the UK (or will be by 29th March 2019) and want to stay here beyond 31 December 2020, you and your family members need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
It is a quick and easy application and, according to an announcement from the UK Prime Minister on 21st January 2019, you will later be able to claim a refund of any application fees paid.
If the UK exits the EU with a 'no deal', this date could be brought forward. Therefore, we recommend that, if you are eligible, you make an application as soon as possible in order to regulate your status.
If you are not yet in the UK (and will not be arriving until after 29th March 2019) then we are still waiting for final confirmation of what you will need to do. Currently, we are hoping that any students who come to the UK before the 31 December 2020 will still be able to apply under the settlement scheme outlined below.
Please rest assured that the UK Government is committed to making it as easy as possible for freedom of movement for educational purposes and we expect any future immigration routes to be fast and simple. As soon as we have any news at all we shall update these pages- so please check back regularly.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme allows you and your family members to continue to live, work and study in the UK. It means you continue to be eligible for:
- public services, such as healthcare and schools
- public funds and pensions
- British citizenship, if you meet the requirements and want to apply
Who is eligible?
EU citizens of:
- Republic of Cyprus
- Czech Republic
You will not need to apply if you’re an Irish citizen but your family members from outside the UK and Ireland will.
Rights for citizens of the following countries are still being negotiated:
As an EU citizen you can apply for 2 different routes under the Settlement Scheme, dependant on how long you have already been living in the UK.
If you have been resident in the UK for more than five continuous years you will be eligible for settled status. If you receive settled status this means there is no time limit on how long you can stay in the UK. Though you need to make sure that, if you are leaving the UK for long periods of time, you can check you how long you can be resident outside the UK without losing your settled status. It should state this on the communication you receive from the Home Office with your decision.
If you have been a resident for less than five years you will be eligible for pre-settled status. If you receive pre-settled status this means you can stay in the UK for a period of five years. Provided you have lived continuously in the UK for five years, with only permisaable absences, you can then apply for settled status- there is currently no timeframe within which you must apply but it is worth applying as soon as you become eligible (i.e as soon as you reach 5 years continuous residency).
Firther information about continuous residence can be found in the Home Office EU Settlement Glossary leaflet.
To get settled status or pre-settled status, you’ll need to fill in a short online application form using an android computer, tablet or mobile phone. The application will ask for basic factual information like your name, address and reference numbers such as your passport, national identity card or National Insurance number.
Verify your identity and nationality by scanning your passport, EU national identity card or biometric residence card (if you are a non-EU citizen). You will also have to upload a photograph of yourself. Alternatively, you can send relevant documentation by post.
Confirm your residence. Providing your National Insurance number, if you have one. In some cases, other documentation may need to be provided. If you are using your status as a student in the UK to prove your residency, there are a couple of documents that you can use and upload to your application. You only need one of these per time period you are evidencing:
- Student Statement - available from MyUniHub
- Student Finance Award notification or repayment statement- available from your Student Finance Wales online account
Further information about evidence to prove UK residence can be found on the Gov.uk website.
Complete the criminality check by declaring any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistant criminality will affect your application.
Payment, if required. It will cost £65 for an adult and £32.50 for children under 16. It will be free to apply if:
- you already have a valid permanent residence document or indefinite leave to remain
- you are applying to move from pre-settled status to settled status after the UK leaves the EU
Please note that the Prime Minister has stated that applicants should, in the future, be able to gain a refund for any application fee. We shall add refund details to this web page once available.
Successful applicants will get digital proof of their status through an online service. Once you receive your status, details will be provided on how to access it on the GOV.UK website. You will not get a physical document unless you are from outside the EU and do not already have a biometric residence card.
Non-EU family members living in the UK by 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by virtue of their relationship to an EU citizen.
Close family members that are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to join their EU family member in the UK at any point in the future, as long as the relationship still exists.
Children born or adopted after 31 December 2020 and future dependants, will also have their rights protected.
Who are ‘close family members’?
Close family members include spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, dependant children and grandchildren, and dependant parents and grandparents. Family members do not need to be from the EU; they can come from anywhere in the world (referred to as non-EU citizen family member).
Some EU students may be worried about the effect of a Study Abroad period on their continuous residence, whether they can still apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or whether they should be undertaking a Study Abroad placement at all.
If you are a Swansea student from the EU, and are currently overseas on a Study Abroad placement, you should still be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme on re-entry to the UK. This is because the government has announced that, as an EU Citizen, you will be able to enter the UK for 3 months without gaining prior immigration. You would use this concession to come back to Swansea at the end of your Study Abroad period.
Normally, EU citizens can only stay in the UK for 3 months. However, once you are back in the UK, you will be able to apply for immigration under the EU Settlement Scheme based on the fact that you were an enrolled Swansea student and that your period outside the UK was permissable under that scheme. You would just need to see the information about the scheme and access a Student Statement to support your application. This will have details of your complete course length and the period you were outside the UK. You would need to undertake this application within 3 months of re-entering the UK. This is because the University will need to see that you have the Right to Study in the UK and are not staying in the UK beyond the 3 months permissable with no immigration status.
If you are a current EU student who is planning on undertaking a future Study Abroad option, your right to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme will not be affected by your doing so. You should apply under the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible. Your Study Abroad period should then fall as a permissable absence under the Settlement Scheme and your immigration status will not be adversely affected.
If you require further information and advice about the information above, please email International @CampusLife to help you.
The government has announced a future European Temporary Leave to Remain Scheme. Currently, it is due to come into force after 29th March 2019, although this may change depending on the result of UK/EU BREXIT negotiations. Therefore, it is important that you check back here regularly to have the most up to date information.
All EU citizens will not be required to get a visa before entering the UK. All citizens will be able to enter the UK for purposes of tourism, work or study and remain here, without immigration, for a maximum of 3 months.
Those who wish to remain in the UK for longer than 3 months will be able to apply for immigration permission to remain in the UK for a period of up to 36 months via the European Temporary Leave to Remain Scheme. This should be a straightforward application which would be made online.
It will be very important for EU students to make their European Temporary Leave to Remain applications within 3 months of arrival in the UK in order to be able to meet legal Right to Study requirements.
Currently, there is no further detail about this Scheme or the application itself. The International @Campuslife team will be monitoring the situation closely and all Swansea students can expect timely information and support once further information is released.
There is a lot of further information available regarding the EU Settlement Scheme and application process.
Please visit the Gov.uk website for official information regarding the scheme.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) are an excellent, reliable source of information and they have a free Student Advice Line which our students can access.
The University will continue to monitor the situation and look for areas in which we can support our students. If you have any questions that have not been answered in these pages please email email@example.com and staff will endeavour to assist where they can.