Brexit - information for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals

  • Last updated on 2 March 2021

    Do EU, EEA and Swiss nationals need a visa to study?

    If you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020, and you wish to study in the UK, you will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 31 June 2021 (see FAQs below for further information).

    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.

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

    EU Settlement Scheme - FAQs

  • If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss national living in the UK, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you want the opportunity to continue living, working and studying here after 30 June 2021.

    The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021 and you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.

    You can 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.

    You can apply here

    You will need:

    • your passport or national ID card (if you use your national ID card and it does not have a chip you will need to post it to the UKVI), or biometric residence card/permit for family members
    • an android device or iPhone 7 or above to download the EU Exit ID Document Check app.
    • proof of residence for example your Brookes attendance letter
    • National Insurance Number if you have one.

    Using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app (UKVI)

    Come to see us if you don't have access to an Android device or iPhone 8 or above, or if you need any other help with your application.

    The GOV.UK guidance explains how your Settled status may be affected by absences from the UK of more than 6 months.

    Other useful resources:

    Absence calculator which will help you determine absences from the UK in any 12 month period. 

    Absence summary page.

    You can apply for an administrative review if either:

    • your application was refused on eligibility grounds
    • you were granted pre-settled status but think you qualify for settled status

    You must make your application for administrative review within 28 days of the date on your decision email.

    You’ll need to complete the administrative review application form.

    It costs £80 per person to apply for an administrative review.

    The fee will be refunded if:

    • the original decision is withdrawn due to a caseworking error
    • your application for a review is rejected because it’s invalid

    The fee will not be refunded if your decision is changed solely because you’ve submitted new information or evidence. If you want to submit new information or evidence, you can reapply to the EU Settlement Scheme for free instead.

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

    EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for holidays or short trips without needing a visa.

    If you were living in the UK before 31 December 2020, it might be worth having an attendance letter with you to show you were living in the UK before this date.

    Yes, you will be entitled to use the UK National Healthcare Service (NHS) for free if you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmation of Settled or Pre-Settled Status. If you are still awaiting confirmation of your status, you can access the NHS for free as long as you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).   If you do not have an EHIC ‘it is important that until an application under the EU Settlement Scheme is decided, you have comprehensive sickness insurance while you are in the UK as a student.’ (UKCISA). 

    Visit our Health and Insurance webpage for more information on accessing healthcare in the UK.

    Right to rent checks (UKVI)

    Until 30 June 2021 EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will continue to be able to prove their right to rent in the UK as they do now, for example by showing their passport or national identity card.