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