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Last updated on 28 November 2019.
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 and they are a great source of information for all students from outside the UK.
Brexit information can change very quickly and we will keep this webpage as up to date as possible. If you have any questions, do contact the International Student Advice Team.
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 here after 31 December 2020.
The deadline to apply is 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves without a deal (and you will need to be living in the UK before the date that the UK leaves the EU), or 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves with a deal.
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.
Advice on the settlement scheme
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 needs to apply
You can apply here
You will need:
Using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app
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
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 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.
UKCISA have confirmed that students can be temporarily absent on Brexit leaving day. To check whether your absence would qualify as temporary, please
and we will discuss your individual case.
From 9 April 2019, EU Settlement Scheme applications can be made from outside the UK.
"If you are an EU citizen and receiving education or training in the UK, and you have an EHIC, it will be valid until exit day. While the government is seeking agreements with EU countries, it may not be valid after this date. You should buy
insurance to cover your healthcare as you would if visiting another non-EU country.
Swiss and EFTA (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) nationals who start their studies in the UK before exit day, will continue to benefit from their EHIC cover for the duration of their course, even if it finishes after exit day.
For those who come to the UK and commence their education or training after exit day, their EHIC may not be valid. However, we are seeking agreements with Switzerland and the EFTA states to continue reciprocal healthcare arrangements after exit day."
More information about healthcare and Brexit
Until 1 January 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
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 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.
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.
Brexit Frequently Asked Questions
Information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs
You can get help with your application on the phone or online.
If you’re inside the UKTelephone: 0300 123 7379Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pmSaturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
If you’re outside the UKTelephone: +44 (0)203 080 0010Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), 8am to 8pmSaturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Use the EU Settlement Scheme contact form to get help online.