Brexit - information for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals

  • Last updated on 12 August 2020

    How can the International Student Advice Team (ISAT) help?

    There is one thing that is certain about Brexit and that is that it can create a lot of uncertainty! The international student advisers are here to help you by providing you with the most up-to-date information we have from the most reliable sources. In our answers below we have linked to a number of UK Council for International Students ( UKCISA) sites- they are a great source of information for students from outside the UK.

    New information on Brexit can become available at any time and we will keep this webpage as up to date as possible. If you have any questions, do contact the International Student Advice Team.


  • The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and from 1 January 2021, the UK will implement a points-based immigration system (PBS) to obtain a student visa. This means from 1 January 2021, if you do not already live in the UK or have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will need to meet specific requirements and apply through the PBS to study in the UK. 

    If you’re an EU/EEA or Swiss national living in the UK, who started living here before 31 December 2020, 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. More details of the EU Settlement Scheme are given in the sections below.


    Yes, if you started living here after 1 January 2021 you will need to obtain a student visa. See more information in the section above, 'Latest Updates'.

    Take a look at the Introduction to the UK's points-based immigration system. Further details to come.

    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.

    Yes, you can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national (or family member) living in the UK.
    More details of who should apply (UKVI)

    You can travel into the UK using your passport or national identity card. When you arrive, we recommend seeing ISAT so we can help you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. Please bring your passport  along with you.

    At the moment you can travel into the UK using your passport or identity card, whether or not you have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. This will not change until at least 2021.

    If you live in the UK now and are travelling back into the UK after 31 December 2020, it might be worth having an attendance letter with you to show you were living in the UK before 31 December 2020.

    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.

    If you are temporarily resident outside of the UK, you are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme from abroad, for example, if you are enrolled at Oxford Brookes University as a student and doing a placement year abroad. When applying you will need evidence to show that you are resident here, such as an attendance letter.  Please contact the ISAT team if you need further advice.

    More details about applying from outside the UK (UKVI)

    No, you do not need to apply. However it might be worth applying just in case you change your mind and you later decide that you do want to live in the UK for longer, for example for work or further study.

    If you are travelling back into the UK after the UK has left the EU and you have not applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, then it may be useful to have evidence with you that you were living in the UK before the UK left the EU. This evidence could be your Brookes Attendance Letter (see below).

    If you are a current student log into Student Information, and under My Requests from the left hand side panel, click on Request a Document. It will ask you what document you would like to request. Choose Attendance Letter – printed version. You will need to collect the letter from Student Central the following day.

    If you have finished your course, please ask Student Central for a Statement of Qualification which will provide all the information you require. 

    You can continue to use your EHIC or Provisional Replacement Certificate (PRC) to access free NHS healthcare if you have begun a course of education or training in England before the end of 2020. This will apply until the end of your course. You must obtain this card before you leave your country of residence.

    Whether you are visiting the UK or living in the UK, these arrangements will continue until 31 December 2020 for EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens.

    More information about healthcare and Brexit (UKCISA)

    For UK nationals looking to travel abroad, the NHS has published a Travelling in the EU guide that provides up to date information.

    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.

    There will be no change to the way EU, EEA and Swiss citizens prove their right to rent until 1 January 2021. This remains the same if the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. 

    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.

    There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students attending UK universities for the duration of their course.

    EU nationals who enrol on a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for undergraduate or postgraduate financial support for the duration of their course and will pay the same ‘home’ fee as UK students, the Department for Education has announced (28 May 2019). This guarantee also extends to Advanced Learner loans, FE and apprenticeships support, and will be in place whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

    The fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities from 2021 are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations.

    EU/EEA students applying for a Masters or PhD starting in 2020/21

    Chris Skidmore MP announced on 4 July 2019 that EU postgraduates will remain eligible for UKRI studentships for courses starting in 2020/21.

    The British Ambassador to Ireland has given these words of reassurance.

    “The rights and privileges UK and Irish nationals enjoy in each other’s countries will continue, whatever the circumstances of the UK’s exit from the EU. British citizens in Ireland and Irish citizens in the UK will continue to be able to live and work in each other’s countries, and to access healthcare, education, social welfare and benefits including state pensions.”

    This is because the UK and Ireland belong to the Common Travel Area that predates the current EU arrangements that will be ending.

    Students from UK universities currently participating in Erasmus+ for the 2019/20 academic year will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

    The UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme for 2020 is protected under the Withdrawal Agreement. This should allow staff and students to complete mobility periods, and receive funding, through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the academic year 2020/21.

    Up-to-date information on Erasmus and Brexit can be found on the Erasmus website.

    The International Student Advice Team are here for all Oxford Brookes international students who need advice.  

    Students on or intending to join Erasmus + programmes or Exchange programmes, can contact the Study Abroad team for advice.

    If you need help with your EU Settlement Scheme application, you can use the EU Settlement Scheme contact form to get help online.