FAQs for staff

Information and guidance for all LSE staff

LSE remains committed to being a truly international community of staff and students. Openness and international diversity will remain essential to life at LSE, no matter what the future may hold.

These FAQs cover a number of key issues that may affect LSE staff.

I am an EU national. What will I need to do?

You will need to apply for ‘settled status’ if you have been resident in the UK for 5 years or more, or ‘pre-settled status’ if you have been in the UK for less than 5 years.

The scheme will be fully open in March 2019, however if you have a chip in your passport and access to an Android device you may be eligible to take part in the pilot scheme which is open to all EU nationals. 

Further information about the scheme is available on the government website.

Why do I need to apply for settled status?

You will need to apply for settled status if you wish to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 to either live, work or study. Having settled status will mean that you continue to be eligible for:

  • Public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • Public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship (if you meet the requirements and you wish to apply for it in the future).

For more information and how to apply for settled status, please see the government website.

What are the criteria for applying for settled status?

To apply for settled status, you will need to demonstrate that you are:

a)       An EU national

b)      Have been resident in the UK for at least 5 years

c)       Have no significant criminal convictions.

If you have been in the UK for less than 5 years you will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’ which will allow you to continue to live and work in the UK. Once you have been in the UK for 5 years, you will then be able to apply for settled status.

For more information about the criteria and the documents that you need to provide, please see the government website.

When do I need to apply for settled status?

The Scheme will be fully open in March 2019 and the latest information we have from the UK Government is that you will have until 31 June 2021 to submit an application. However, in the event that there is ‘no-deal’ this deadline may change. LSE is continuing to monitor developments and will communicate any updates as and when further information becomes available.

If you wish to take part in the Home Office’s pilot scheme to test the digital online application process, you please see the information on who is eligible and how to be involved.

How much will the application cost?

The application fee will be removed when the scheme is fully open in March 2019. If you have already paid the fee as part of the pilot scheme then the Home Office will reimburse you.

Will LSE reimburse me for the cost of the application?

As the fee will be removed, LSE will no longer reimburse employees for the cost of applications. If you have already paid the fee as part of the pilot scheme, the Home Office will reimburse you. If you have already received reimbursement from the School, HR will contact you separately in due course.

I am having difficulty submitting my application; where can I go to get help?

The Home Office have published leaflets, posters and briefing packs to help explain more about the EU Settlement Scheme, how to apply and the definitions of the key terms. These can be found on the UK Government website.

In addition, the Home Office have established the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre to help anyone who is having difficulties completing the application form, or has queries about how to submit their application. The Government have been very clear that their overall aim is to grant rather than refuse and they want to help make the process as easy as possible by providing support for people to complete their applications smoothly.

The team can be contacted by telephone on 0300 123 7379 or by asking a question using their online submissions form.

Can my dependants apply for settled status at the same time as me?

Yes, you can apply for your dependants at the same time as yourself, however you should apply first because then you will receive an application number which your dependants can use to link to your application.

English is not my first language - are the materials available in other languages?

We understand that the Home Office will be translating their materials into other languages and will publish them when the scheme is fully open.  

When do I need to submit an application?

You will be able to submit an application in March 2019 when the scheme fully opens and you will have until 31 June 2021 to apply.  However, in the event of a ‘no-deal’, this may change. LSE is continuing to monitor developments and will communicate any updates as and when further information becomes available.

I am a national of Switzerland / Iceland / Lichtenstein / Norway - do I need to apply for settled status?

Yes, you will need to apply and you will be able to submit an application when the scheme fully opens. 

However, if you also hold a British passport, you will not have to apply for settled status.

I have a Permanent Residence document which allows me to stay in the UK on a permanent basis - do I still need to apply for settled status?

Yes, you will still need to apply for settled status. However, the application process is designed to be straightforward and you will not have to pay the application fee.

I have a Registration Document - will I need to apply for pre-settled status?

Yes, you will still need to apply for pre-settled status. However the application process is designed to be straightforward and you will not have to pay an application fee.

I’m an Irish national, do I need to apply for settled status?

As an Irish national you do not need to apply for settled status.  However, you will need to apply for it in the future if you either wish to become a British citizen, or you wish to bring non-EEA dependant family members to the UK with you in the future.

I am an EU national but I also hold a British passport; do I need to apply for settled status?

If you hold a British passport, you do not need to apply for settled status.

I commute to the EU regularly for personal reasons - am I eligible to apply for settled status?

It will depend on the circumstances of your commuting arrangements as to whether you are eligible to apply for settled status. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you are in the UK for at least 6 months out of every 12 month period during the 5 years that you are claiming for.

For example, if your main residence is in the UK and you commute to an EU country at weekends, then you will be able to demonstrate that you meet the ‘residence’ criteria if because you will be able to show that you have not been out of the country for more than 6 months in any given 12 month period. However, if your main residence is in an EU country and you commute to the UK for one or two days per week, your main residence is considered to be the EU country that you live in and not the UK. Therefore, it is unlikely that you would be eligible to apply for settled status.

I am away from the UK for business / personal reasons - can I still apply for settled status?

Regrettably, you will need to be present in the UK in order to submit your application for settled status scheme.

What will happen to existing research project funding?

The Government has committed to underwrite payments of Horizon 2020 awards to cover grant applications after the UK leaves the EU and the UK’s allocation for structural and investment fund projects as part of the EU’s 2020 budget.

More information can be found at at the Gov.UK website.

I am planning to apply for UK citizenship in the future. How will Brexit affect me?

If you are an EU national you are not required to obtain UK citizenship in order to stay and work in the UK.  You will be able to retain all of your existing rights once you have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme.

However, if you do choose to apply for UK citizenship, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria that are in place at the time of submitting your application.  You should also be aware that some countries do not allow you to hold more than one nationality and so it is important to check whether you will be required to relinquish your current nationality after you have obtained UK citizenship.

Important note for German nationals: Please be aware that German nationals applying for UK citizenship after the UK has left the EU will be required to relinquish their German nationality.  However, if you obtained UK citizenship before the UK leaves the EU then you will be able to retain your German citizenship.

What does this mean for future research funding?

UK researchers are able to continue to make applications to Horizon 2020 until any withdrawal from the EU is complete.

The extent of UK participation in future EU research programmes will depend on domestic decisions by the UK Government, and negotiations with the EU. The Government has stated its intention to negotiate associated status with the new Horizon Europe programme, and is expected to pursue this goal going forward.

The School continues to work with our partners in the Russell Group to push the UK Government to clarify the position of the UK science community with respect to the EU research programmes. You can find out more on the Russell Group website.

If your research funding or EU collaborations have been affected by the vote to leave the EU, please send details of your experience to the Research Development Team – rescon@lse.ac.uk – in the Research and Innovation Division.

Will there be an impact on opportunities for collaboration with our EU partner organisations?

There will be no immediate impact on collaborations or projects.

The number of opportunities in the future may partly depend on the decisions by the UK government following negotiations with the EU.

LSE has strong established ties with many universities and organisations both inside and outside the EU.

Colleagues with ongoing projects or who are considering submitting new proposals to Horizon 2020 can contact the LSE Research and Innovation Division for more information and up-to-date advice.