Brexit 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 is now fully open and 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.

How much will the application cost?

The application fee has been removed. If you have already paid the fee then the Home Office will reimburse you. Further information about how the Home Office will reimburse you is available on their website.

Will LSE reimburse me for the cost of the application?

As the fee has been removed, LSE will no longer reimburse employees for the cost of applications. If you have already paid the fee then the Home Office will reimburse you. Further information abouthow the Home Office will reimburse  you is available on their website.

Can I use the Home Office’s document check app on an iPhone device?

Yes, the app is now iPhone-compatible (currently IOS 8 although it will be shortly available on IOS 7).

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?

The Home Office have now translated their materials into 26 other languages, including French, Spanish, Polish and Romanian.

When do I need to submit an application?

The Scheme is fully open and you will have until 31 June 2021 to apply, or to 31 December 2020 if there is a ‘no-deal’.  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 now that the scheme is fully open. 

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 in order to continue to have the same rights and receive access to the same services that you do currently. 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 in order to continue to have the same rights and receive access to the same services that you do currently. 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 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.

Has the government published any further updates on the status of those who commute from the EU for work purposes?

The government has confirmed that the rights of frontier workers will be protected after the UK leaves the EU, providing they can show that the arrangement started whilst the UK was still in the EU. Further information about what frontier workers will need to do will be published by the government in due course. 

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

Yes, overseas applicants will be able to apply for settled status from 9 April 2019 onwards.

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 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.

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.