Oxford Brookes to cover EU settlement fee for staff

Friday, 11 January 2019

EU University staff settlement costs to be met by Oxford Brookes

Oxford Brookes can announce that all current EU staff working for the University will receive financial support in applying for settlement.


On 21 January 2019, the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Furthermore anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of those refunds process will be published by the Government shortly. The University will also allow claims to the same level for those EU staff who, since 1 January 2018, have applied successfully for British citizenship. Applications for a contribution of £65 towards such costs will still be honoured, as previously stated.

Any new EU staff who join Oxford Brookes on or before 29 March 2019 will also be eligible to claim the £65 fee as a taxable expense.

Furthermore the University will also allow claims to the same level for those EU staff who, since 1 January 2018, have alternatively applied successfully for British citizenship.

A number of staff took advantage of a now closed pilot phase to Settlement, which was open to many EU staff in the HE sector late last year. However any staff who did not apply during this pilot will be able to apply for settled status from 30 March 2019 and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. Further detail has been shared with staff as part of its ongoing support for colleagues.

The University recognises that many uncertainties remain due to Brexit and a range of support, advice and guidance continues to be provided to those affected. This includes the Universty’s Brexit FAQs webpage which continues to be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

As a university, Oxford Brookes strongly believes that the diversity of its staff and student body, and the extent to which we collaborate with international colleagues, are signs of a successful, responsible and forward-thinking institution.