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The UK formally left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. A transition period applied until 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021 EU, EEA or Swiss citizens citizens moving to the UK to work will need to get a visa under the new UK’s Points-Based System (PBS) in advance. More details can be found here.
EU citizens and their family members (including non-EU citizens), resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. Even if they have lived in the UK for many years, or have a UK permanent residence document, they still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. They do not need to apply if they have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but they can if they want to. Irish citizens do not need to apply, but they can if they want to. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.
Under the EU Settlement Scheme, qualified applicants can be granted ‘settled status’ if they have been in the UK for five years or more which gives the right to remain in the UK with no time limit. Qualified applicants who have been in the UK for less than five years, can be granted ‘pre-settled status’. This gives them the right to remain in the UK for up to five years, after which they can apply for ‘settled status’.
This status means also that they can continue to be eligible for:
public services, such as healthcare and schools
public funds and pensions
British citizenship, if they meet the requirements and want to apply.
See ‘What is settled status and how to apply?’ section below for more information about the process.
As a transition measure, recruiting managers can continue to accept the passports and national identity cards of EU citizens (without having to determine if they are an existing resident or someone who has arrived in the UK for the first time from January 2021 onwards) as evidence of their right to work up until 30 June 2021. Recruiting managers are not required to make retrospective checks for existing workers.
HR colleagues continue to be available to staff and managers to provide support and guidance as appropriate.
There will be no change to the immigration status of EU/EEA/Swiss staff who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020.
Staff need to apply for settled status which will enable them to live, work and study in the UK for as long as they like. The EU Settlement Scheme opened fully in March 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. For more
information on the EU Settlement Scheme and how to apply, please refer to the ‘What is settled status and how do I apply’ tab.
You can also apply for status under the
EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK. All University staff who are EU nationals are strongly encouraged to consider this option if they are currently overseas.
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.
Colleagues in Human Resources are available to support staff wherever possible with questions or concerns about their employment in light of the UK’s planned exit from the EU. Contact details can be found on the
Details about the
EU Settlement Scheme
are available on the Gov.UK website.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have already been in the UK for five years and can provide evidence of that, will be granted settled status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have been in the UK for fewer than five years will be granted pre-settled status
until they reach the five-year residency requirement. Those EU/EEA/Swiss nationals with permanent residence will be able to convert their permanent residence status into the new settled status free of charge, subject only to verification of identity,
a criminality and security check and proof of ongoing residence.
The Home Office has produced a
step-by-step application process
for EU citizens to apply for settled status. The settlement scheme opened in March 2019 and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021.
Staff are strongly encouraged to apply for pre-settled status even if they do not have 5 years’ continuous residence by the deadline date. You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status and, depending on your
initial residence date, you may well be able to make a subsequently successful application for full settled status.
You can also apply for status under the
EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK. All University staff who are EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are strongly encouraged to consider this option if they are currently overseas.
Some staff members may wish to apply for British citizenship rather than settled status. The University announced in January 2019 that it will allow claims of £65 for those EU staff who, since 1 January 2018, have applied successfully for British
citizenship. Further detail and conditions can be found on the
Staff Communications Hub.
Part of the settled status application involves
that utilises a downloadable app, which runs on Android devices. A number of staff who do not own such a device have asked if one can be made available and IT Services can indeed assist. Android devices will be made available to staff on each of our
four main sites at the IT Services service desk.
The process is that:
You will not be able to take the phone away from the service desk and IT Services staff are on hand to help if you encounter problems. Please keep in mind that we have specific opening times for walk-in service desks - details are
available online. The last admittance for this service will be an hour before they close.
In addition, the following support is available if you need help to complete your application, including:
EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre - call 0300 123 7379.
Assisted Digital - this free service is available over the phone and in person if you do not have the right access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact We-Are-Digital by calling 03333 445 675. To check
availability of this service or for more information visit
ID document scanning service - this service is available to complete the proof of identity step if you do not have access to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. There may be an administrative fee to use this service. To check availability of this
service and for more information, see the
list of scanner locations.
Community organisations - if you need more support with your application, contact a nearby community organisation. For more information, see
Get help applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.
After the transition period from 1 January 2021, all UK nationals travelling to the EU will be treated as third-country citizens. Business travellers from Oxford Brookes will need to ensure that they adhere to the rules in place for the jurisdiction(s) to which they are travelling and ensure that their intended activities are permitted. For more information check the relevant government guidelines.
The Government has provided advice and guidelines for UK nationals on driving in the EU after 31 December 2020.
The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium, of which Oxford Brookes is a member, has this advice:
While we can, and will, continue to support universities on their use of Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium framework contracts, we recognise the range of products and services you purchase is hugely varied. It’s important for procurement teams to develop a clear picture of their supply chain for all existing contracts and seek to understand which present a higher or lower risk by asking appropriate questions around key topics. When reviewing risks and challenges, universities should consider aspects such as:
You can find more information on Brexit and universities from the following websites.