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  2. EU students and EU Settlement Scheme
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EU students and EU Settlement Scheme

Find out more information for current and new EU students at City, and about the EU Settlement Scheme that allows EEA nationals and their family members to apply for the right to remain in the UK long term after 2020.

The UK has left the EU and there is now a transitional period until the end of 2020.  The current free movement continues to apply during the transition period and until 11pm on the 31 December 2020.

Information for current students

The UK Government is committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK, including citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This includes the right to live here, to study, work and access public services such as healthcare. To retain these rights beyond 31 December 2020, all current students and their family members must apply for EU Settlement Scheme. The process is free, online straight-forward and should take no more than 30 minutes. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021 (as long as you have taken residency in the UK before the 31 December 2020). If you need further advice or help with your application please contact International Visa Advice Team.

Current students from the EU will continue to have access to UK student loans for the duration of their studies and these arrangements are unchanged.

We can confirm that current EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. This is the ‘regulated UK fee’ and details are included within our course pages.

EU Settlement Scheme

EEA Students

I am an EU/EEA student at City. Should I apply under the UK Governments’ EU Settlement Scheme?

Yes, if you have been living in the UK for five years, you can apply for permission to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status).

If you have just arrived, or have been in the UK for less than 5 years, you can apply for permission to stay in the UK (known as pre-settled status) which will be valid for five years. You can apply once you register as a student at the university.  Further instructions on registration can be found here.

After you have completed 5 years in the UK, you can then apply for settled status (confirmation that you have the right to remain permanently in the UK).

Family Member of EEA nationals

If your family members are EU nationals living in the UK with you, they can also apply via the EU Settlement Scheme. If your family members are non-EEA nationals then they should apply after your application has been successful. Family members of British citizens who are currently in the UK under EU law provisions are also able to apply.

Swiss nationals

Swiss nationals are eligible to apply under the EU settlement Scheme.

Irish Nationals

Irish nationals do not need to apply for the scheme as their rights are protected under the Common Travel Area arrangements.

Comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI)

Those applying under the EU Settlement Scheme will not be required to show that they held comprehensive sickness insurance during their time in the UK.

However, we would advise that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card from your home country before travelling to the UK in order to ensure that you can easily access services on arrival and required healthcare until you are able to successfully apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

When is the deadline to apply?

If you arrived in and are still living in the UK on the 31 December 2020, you will need to apply before 30 June 2021 to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK after that date.

How do I apply?

The application is very straightforward, free and can be completed online on an Android phone, iPhone 7 or above, or tablet, if your identity document has a biometric digital chip. You will usually be emailed a decision on your application within 3 - 5 working days unless the Home Office needs to make further enquiries. You can start your application here.

If you are a non-EEA family member and do not hold a biometric residence permit already, you will need to book an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information when you apply and submit your documents. You can find the service point by typing your postcode here.

What documents do I need to apply?

  • Passport or valid national identity card

You will be asked to upload a passport or valid national identity card digitally using the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. If you cannot use the app, you can send your document by post or pay to have it scanned at an approved centre. You can find the service point by typing your postcode here.

  • Proof of residence in the UK

If you are applying for pre-settled status, you can upload a student status letter to show that you are resident in the UK. You can request the letter from the Student Centre.

If you are applying for settled status, you will need to show that you have been living in the UK for 5 years. If you have a National Insurance Number the Home Office will be able to check your residency against government records. Please see the UK Home Office website for examples of other types of documents that can be relied on to establish residency including Qualification Certificates. You will be asked to scan supporting documents as part of your application.

  • Your photograph

As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload a recent digital photo of your face.

Can I apply outside of the UK?

If you are normally a resident in the UK (this means that you have previously lived to study/work in the UK) you can apply from outside. You can find further details here.

What is the difference between settled and pre-settled?

  • Pre-settled status

If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you will receive this status which will allow you to remain in the UK for 5 years. Once you complete 5 years living in the UK (you can consider the time spent before received the pre-settled status), you can apply for settled status.

  • Settled status

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years or more, you will receive Settled status. This means that you have the right to live permanently in the UK.

Further Information

For UK government Information about applying

UKCISA Advice and Guidance about applying:

Free Movement immigration law blog: How to apply for “settled status” for EU citizens

Current students from the EU will continue to have access to UK student loans for the duration of their studies and these arrangements are entirely unchanged.

We can confirm that current EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. This is the ‘regulated UK fee’ and details are included within our course pages.

Information for students on the Erasmus programme

  • EU students studying in the UK on the Erasmus programme will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.
  • UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.

Information for new EU students starting in 2020/21 academic year

If you are an offer-holder, your course starts before 31 December 2020 and you intend to travel to the UK before 31 December 2020, you will NOT be required to apply for a visa in order to study in the UK. You will be able to travel to the UK the same way as you do now and you may go through the e-Gate if you hold a biometric passport/National ID card.

As the UK left the EU with a deal, you will have right of free movement when your course starts. This means you can come to the UK to study, live and work as you do now. You will need to make an application under the  EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 as long as you have set residency in the UK before the 31 December 2020.

EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England. EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support. Read the latest government statement on fee status for EU students.

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU students starting a degree in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to have access to funding support for the duration of their studies. Find out more about funding support for EU students.

Our fees for progressing students may increase in each subsequent year by no more than inflation (measured by the UK Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy.

Please note: Any students arriving to the UK after 31 December 2020 for any courses starting in 2021 will have to apply for a visa to study in the UK. The Government has introduced the new immigration system, which includes the newly announced Graduate Immigration Route. EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. For more information click here.

If you started your course in the academic year 2020/21 but will only join the course in person from January 2021, you need to apply for a Student Visa before travelling to the UK. You can find the Student Visa requirements here.

City is a diverse and multicultural community and we encourage you to apply to join us. We welcome students from more than 150 countries across the globe and around a third of our staff are from within the EU. We are also an active participant in the Erasmus exchange programme. Our award-winning student services team is always on hand to provide assistance and support and we very much hope to welcome you to City.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Visa Advice Team.