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