Visa and immigration advice for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals

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    Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

    If you do not have an immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK, for example settled or pre-settled status, you may need to apply for a visa. The information below explains which permission you should apply for depending on your circumstances.


    You started living in the UK before 31 December 2020

    EU Settlement Scheme

    If you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021 if you want the opportunity to continue living, working and studying here after 30 June 2021.

    The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to apply for settled or pre-settled status. Settled status is given to those who have been residing in the UK for 5 years. Pre-settled status is given to those who have been in the UK for less than 5 years. Once you have been here for 5 years you will receive settled status.

    For more information about the application process and how to apply, visit the UK Government webpage. For the application you will need to request an attendance letter from Oxford Brookes. For expected processing times click here.

    If you have missed the deadline for applying, refer to the UKVI Guidance which explains if you are eligible to make a late application.


    How will my absence of more than 6 months affect my settled or pre-settled status?

    The GOV.UK guidance explains how your settled or pre-settled status may be affected by absences from the UK of more than 6 months. The  Absence Summary page (the3million, 2021) summarises how absences of more than 6 months can affect your settled or pre-settled status. If you want further advice about applying for settled status, Settled (2021) provides information, advice and support to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.


    What documents do I need to travel to the UK if I have pre-settled or settled status?

    You can cross the UK border using a valid passport which should be valid for the whole time you are in the UK.

    If you are asked to show your immigration status when entering the UK, you can do this by showing proof of it online.


    You were not living in the UK before 31 December 2020

    Courses of 6 months or longer

    If you were not living in the UK before 31 December 2020, and you do not already have immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK, for example, settled or pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a Student visa through the points-based immigration system (PBS).

    Courses of less than 6 months

    If your study will be less than 6 months, for example students studying for one semester as an exchange student, you can study on a Visitor visa.


    Related links:

    ISAT's Health and Insurance page has more information on accessing healthcare in the UK.

    Information on fees for new applicants.

    Additional information for current students.

    If you have any questions, contact the International Student Advice Team.

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