Advice for 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: 15 July 2020

This information was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change.

The UK exited the EU on the 31 January 2020 with a withdrawal agreement in place.  This means that we are currently in a transition period, which will end on the 31 December 2020.

A document has been released for EU/EEA nationals about the new Points Based Immigration system:

The UK's Points Based System for EU nationals

If you believe you will be affected, more detail is available on our FAQ pages:

ISVAT FAQS

What does the transition period mean for you?

During the transition period, EU/EEA nationals will still be able to enter using free movement until the 31 December 2020. You must be resident in the UK by this date to be eligible for the scheme. The deadline by which you must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. We advise that you apply to the scheme as soon as you are eligible.

I'm an offer holder planning to join LSE in the 2020/21 academic year.  What options do I have?

If you are an EU/EEA national who will be joining LSE in Michaelmas Term 2020/21, you will not need a visa to enter the UK during the transition period.  You will be able to enter the UK as currently.  However, to be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme you must be resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020. Therefore, you should plan to arrive in the UK before the 31 December 2020If you do not arrive in the UK until after this date, you will need to apply for a visa to study at LSE.

Please read the section on applying for the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to be resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020 to be eligible and must apply by the 30 June 2021 to remain living here under the current entitlements for EU/EEA nationals.

We have an information briefing scheduled for EU/EEA students joining LSE in 2020/21.  Details can be found in the ISVAT Events section of the following page:

ISVAT FAQS

I'm a registered student at LSE doing a full time degree or reside in the UK whilst doing part-time studies.  How does this affect me?

If you are:

  •  a registered student at LSE; and
  • you arrived before the EU Exit date/the end of the transition period; and
  •  you are currently living in the UK;

you are considered as resident in the UK.  Your ability to travel will not be affected in the transition period, as freedom of movement will not end until 31 December 2020.  Please read the section on applying for the EU Settlement Scheme if you are on a programme that ends after the 31 December 2020. All EU/EEA nationals residing in the UK before the 31 December 2020, must have applied to EU Settlement Scheme by the 30 June 2021 if they wish to continue living in the UK with their current entitlements.

I'm an Executive Masters/Summer School/Short-term Exchange student.  Where can I find specific advice on my options if I will only be in the UK for a short period of time?

Please refer to our web pages:

Visas for Executive Masters Degrees

Visas for Summer School

Visas for Short-term Exchange Students

 

Dual Nationals

If you are a dual EU/Non-EU national, you will still be able to enter the UK using your EU/EEA passport for your studies without applying for a Tier 4 visa in advance until the 31 December 2020. However, to be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme you must be resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020. Therefore, you should plan to arrive in the UK before the 31 December 2020If you do not arrive in the UK until after this date, you will need to apply for a visa to study at LSE.

After registering with the School, we recommend that you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as you are eligible. You will need to be resident (living) in the UK to be eligible.

EU Settlement Scheme - Advice for students resident in the UK before EU Exit or arriving during the transition period

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

Students on programmes that end after 31 December 2020

If you arrived:

  • before the EU Exit date or during the transition period; and
  • your programme will end after the 31 December 2020;

we recommend that you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as you are eligible. We are aware that there were delays on decisions prior to the previous expected EU Exit date of the 31 October 2019.  Therefore, if you are eligible now and your programme ends after the 31 December 2020, we advise not to delay your application until the deadline of the 30 June 2021.

Students on programmes ending before the 31 December 2020

If you arrived before the date of EU Exit or during the potential transition period 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  EU/EEA/Swiss students who are eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme to submit an application, even if you do not know what your plans are when your programme ends. This is because you will retain your status for a period of time (depending on whether you are pre-settled/settled), giving you the option to return to the UK in the future.  If this status expires, you will require a visa to study/work in the UK.

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?

Applications to the EU Settlement Scheme are free of charge. However, 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.

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 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.  

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 thing  to do 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.

EU/EEA National Immigration Post 31 December 2020

If you are an EU/EEA national and you are not resident in the UK prior to the end of the transition period on the 31 December 2020, from the 1January 2021, it is likely that you will need to obtain immigration permission to enter the UK.

Students joining the LSE for a period of study of six months or more from the 1 January 2021.

If you are joining LSE to study a programme of six months or more, you will be required to apply for a "Study" visa in advance of travelling to the UK to join LSE.  Full details of this route are not yet available, but it is anticipated that it will replace Tier 4 visas from the 1 January 2021.

You may also require ATAS clearance if you are studying at PhD level.  You will be informed of this in advance when you apply to the School. 

Students joining LSE for a period of study of less than six months from the 1 January 2021.

EU/EEA nationals will continue to be able to use the e-Gates to enter the UK from the 1 January 2021.  However, if you enter the UK via the e-Gates after this date, you are only entering as a tourist.  This will limit the activities you will be able to undertake in the UK and the period of time you will be permitted to study.  Once we have further details, we will update this section.

Will I still be able to work in the UK after my studies?

EU/EEA nationals who arrived before the EU Exit date or during the transition period.

You will be able to remain in the UK to work after your studies, but you must ensure that you apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by the 30 June 2021 to protect your residency status. If you have not applied by this date you will have no status in the UK.

EU/EEA nationals arriving from the 1 January 2021

If you arrive in the UK from the 1 January 2021, you will require immigration permission to study and work in the UK because you will not be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.  To continue working in the UK after your studies you would either need to find an employer to sponsor you under the new "Skilled Worker" route or you will need to apply under the new "Graduate Worker" route. Both will be launched in 2021. 

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.

Healthcare

Health Insurance whilst in the UK

11 June 2020

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 successfully apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, you will have the right to access UK healthcare.

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

LSE Brexit FAQs for Students

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

FAQs for students

We also have some information on our COVID-19 immigration page.

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

Disclaimer

The information on this page is based on the information available on the 11 June 2020. In the current climate, this is subject to change at short notice and we will only contact students when a key deadline is approaching or there is an important update that will affect their ability complete their programme. You are advised to monitor this page for updates.

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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