EU & EEA Nationals

Immigration advice for students


Current information for EU, EEA & Swiss students at LSE



Advice for EU/EEA students from the International Student Visa Advice Team

Update: 5 November 2019

This information was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change often in the current environment.

The EU has now agreed an extension to the 31 January 2020 which the government must accept. However, the UK can leave earlier than this date if a withdrawal agreement is reached.  We will keep our pages updated on how this will affect you.

EU Exit: ID App

The EU Exit ID app is now available on iPhone 7 and above.  Some students have fedback that they are unable to find the app in the Apple Store.  The best way to access the app is directly through the webpages.

EU/EEA Student dedicated drop-in

From the 1 October 2019, we will be running a dedicated EU/EEA student drop-in in the Student Services Centre from 11:00am - 12:00pm.  This drop-in is for questions on  your status in the UK as an EU/EEA national and to have any Erasmus documentation signed.

We regret that we will be unable to see any non-EU students at this time and advise that you attend one of our other regular drop-ins.  EU/EEA students are also welcome to attend our regular drop-ins. We are unable to advise non-LSE students on their rights as an EU/EEA national in the UK.

EU Settlement Scheme - Advice for students resident in the UK before EU Exit

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

Students on programmes that end after 31 December 2020

If you arrived before the date of EU Exit and your programme will end after the 31 December 2020, you should apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before this date. If you do not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, you will no longer have the same residential status in the UK and will be required to apply for a visa under the new version of the Points Based System from 2021. 

If you do not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, your ability to remain on your programme may be affected after the 31 December 2020 until you have applied for a visa.

Students on programmes ending before the 31 December 2020

If you arrived before the date of EU Exit and your programme ends before the 31 December 2020, it is your choice whether you wish to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme depending on your plans.  However, we advise that all EU/EEA/Swiss students who are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme submit an application, even if you do not know what your plans are when your programme ends.

Irish nationals

Irish nationals are not required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

How do I make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme?

The Settlement Scheme is an immigration application and as such you should ensure you are eligible and have the relevant documentation available before submitting an application.  Please ensure you read the guidance available before applying.

The UK government have produced a step-by-step guide on how to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU.

You will need to be able to access a phone/tablet with an NFC reader to be able to use the "EU Exit: ID Document Check" app. Your device will also need to have either a minimum of Android 6 or iPhone 7 or above.

This app is no longer available to download on some versions of Huawei phones.

If you still cannot access a device, you can contact us for assistance. Please complete our contact form below and request an appointment.

UKCISA have provided comprehensive guidance on the scheme.

We have also produced a guide to completing the application form.

How do I know that I am resident in the UK and  eligible for the Scheme?

If you are living in the UK prior to the date of EU Exit/the end of the transitional period you are considered as resident.  The exception to this is if you are a registered student currently on a study abroad exchange. In this case you are permitted to be absent for a single period of 12 months and can apply from overseas. Students who are on a permitted absence overseas should contact ISVAT for advice on how to apply for the scheme.

Can you help me submit my application for Settled Status?

ISVAT are happy to help LSE students apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.  Regrettably, we are unable to assist non-LSE EU/EEA partners with their application due to our team's capacity. 

If you are only eligible for Pre -Settled Status you will only need one document to evidence that you were resident in the UK prior to Brexit.  You can use an LSE Certificate of Registration (no older than six months from the date you apply) to evidence this and you can now print this yourself through the Student Services Centre's new self-service letters portal.  

If you are planning to apply using the Settlement Scheme and believe you are eligible for Settled Status, the best advice you can receive now is to start preparing your evidence of eligiblity as outlined in Appendix A of the following document:

EU Settlement Scheme: EU citizens and their family members

External Advice

UKCISA has detailed advice both on the application and immigration in the event of a no-deal scenario.

Immigration after a 'No Deal' Brexit - EU Temporary Leave to Remain

This information is only relevant in a no-deal scenario and does not apply to those students who are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme. 

EU Temporary Leave to Remain

The government have released the immigration rules for immigraton post no-deal Brexit. If you arrive to the UK after the date of 

  • The application will be free of charge and we have been advised it will be simple, consisting of an online application form with identity, security and criminality checks.
  • If your application is successful, you will be granted immigration permission for 36 months which will start on the date the permission is granted. This can be used towards the qualifying period for settlement in the UK.
  • Immigration permission will be granted in a secure, digital format similar to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • If you have not applied for this or another type of immigration permission by 31 December 2020 you will have to leave the UK before the end of the 31 December 2020. It is not clear if you have to have the permission or to have applied for the permission by this date.
  • If you intend to remain within the UK for more than 36 months, once your Euro TLR is expiring you will need to apply to remain in the UK under one of the other immigration routes.

Visiting the UK after Brexit

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be able to continue to travel to the UK for short-trips without requiring a visa.

If the UK leaves with a deal

If the UK exits the EU with a deal, your ability to travel to the UK will not change until at least 2021. 

  • If you are an EU/EEA national living in the UK before Brexit, you will be able to use your national ID card for travel until at least 31 December 2025.
  • If you are a Swiss national living in the UK on or before the 31 December 2020, you will be able to use your national ID card until at least 31 December 2025.
  • If you arrive in the UK after Brexit, the use of national ID cards for travel will be phased out from 2021. You may wish to consider obtaining a passport if you know you will need to travel to the UK in the future.
  • If you are a non-EEA family member you'll be able to enter the UK in the same way until December 2020.

If the UK leaves without a deal

If the UK leaves without a deal there will be changes to the way that you can enter the UK as a visitor:

  • Irish citizens will not require permission to enter and remain in the UK
  • Initially border crossings for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals ill remain unchanged
  • From 6 January 2020, if you do not have the correct documents at the UK border you may not be admitted to the UK
  • EU/EEA national ID cards will be phased out for travelling to the UK during 2020
  • Swiss nationals who arrive after Brexit will be able to use their ID cards until 2021 (date to be confirmed)
  • Non-EEA family members will no longer be able to use residence cards (valid or expired) or a stamp in your passport showing previous admission past the 6 January 2020. You'll need to show both a valid passport and a UK-issued EEA family permit or UK-issued residence card.



Health Insurance whilst in the UK

25 October 2019

Up to date information on how your ability to access healthcare may be affected by Brexit can be found on the following web page:

UKCISA: Healthcare in the UK for EU, EEA and Swiss students

Current situation pre-EU Exit

You do not need evidence of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for an EU Settlement Scheme application. However, it is a requirement that that EU/EEA students and their family members have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance to be able to access health care in the UK.

If you only intend to access your right of free movement on a temporary basis, you must obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home country before travelling to the UK. This will enable you to access free medical treatment whilst in the UK. EHIC covers the requirement for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance if you only intend to access your right of free movement on a temporary basis. EHICs have an expiry date so you must ensure that you have a valid card throughout your studies.  

You cannot apply for your EHIC in the UK.  Without it you could be charged for using the NHS, unless you have alternative medical insurance with sufficient cover. 

You will need to check with your own country on your eligiblity for EHIC depending on the period of time you will be resident in the UK.

If you have lost or forgotten your EHIC, you may be able to obtain a 'provisional replacement certificate'.

If you are a dual national but are not ordinarily resident in the EU country of your dual nationality, you are unlikely to be eligible for an EHIC.  In this case, you will need to obtain Comprehensive Sickness Insurance  to cover any health care if you plan to enter the UK using your EU/EEA nationality rather than Tier 4. Once you successfully apply for the EU Settlement Scheme you will have access to the NHS.

If you intend to access your right of free movement on a long-term basis, you will need to source alternative forms of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as an EHIC card will not be suitable.

We are unable to recommend medical insurance, but you must obtain this before travelling to the UK. You can find government information on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance at UKVI

Family Members

Dependants of EU/EEA or Swiss nationals

ISVAT specialises in the UK student immigration rules, so we are unable to assist with applications for dependants of EU/EEA or Swiss nationals unless they are the LSE student.

General information can be found on the following web pages at UKCISA and GOV.UK

LSE Brexit FAQs for Students

FAQs for students on issues other than immigration can be found on the LSE web pages:

FAQs for students

External Sources of Advice

The latest update from UKCISA is available here:

Brexit: immigration, fees and student support for when you arrive

UKCISA advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlements

The UK government has information for UK and EU nationals on how to prepare for Brexit:

Prepare for EU Exit

We also recommend that you sign up for email alerts from the UKVI on the following web page:

Status of EU nationals


The information on this page is based on the information available on the 28 October 2019. In the current climate, this is subject to change at short notice.

The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The advice provided by ISVAT is in accordance with the current immigration rules and policy guidance.  You are therefore strongly advised to check the most up to date information before submitting any visa application or travelling to the UK. It is your responsibility to read the guidance available and ensure you meet the immigration rules before submitting an application.




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