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Information for Students and Staff on Brexit

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and a new UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into force on 1 May 2021 (having been in effect provisionally since January 2021 pending ratification).

We continue to put our efforts into supporting our community of valued staff and students from all over the world, without whom the university would not be what it is today – a diverse, safe, inspiring place to live, work and study. 

We are one community and every member of staff and every student is an important part of the fabric of the University.

Immigration Status

The UK Government committed to securing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after the withdrawal.

New immigration rules apply to EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals studying at universities in England after 31 December 2020, when the transition period for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union ended.

If as an EU student you arrived in the UK before 1 January 2021, you do not need an immigration visa. However, if you need to stay in the UK beyond 1 January 2021 (for example, to complete your course) you will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the Government's EU Settlement Scheme once you are here. The deadlines vary depending on your circumstances and when you entered the UK.

There are some exceptions. For example, you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or if you have British or Irish citizenship (including 'dual citizenship').

For more details on the EU Settlement Scheme please see: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/applying-for-settled-status 

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who arrive to study in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will usually need a visa. The UK Government's new Student visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa. More details on eligibility, exemptions, and how to apply can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa


Fees and Finance

EU students enrolling for the 2020/21 academic year are eligible for 'Home' (UK) fee status for the duration of their studies, as are returning students who are already enrolled.

The UK Government confirmed in June 2020 that EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals not covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will no longer be eligible for Home fee status or financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. This affects courses starting after August 2021. Students enrolling in January or February 2021 are classed as joining during the 2020/21 academic year.

If you require any further advice regarding this please contact the University of Lincoln Student Advice Service at internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk

The Government announcement on the fee status of EU students can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/student-support-in-england

More detail on eligibility for Home fee status for the 2021/22 academic year was published by the Government in December 2020 and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/student-finance-eligibility-2021-to-2022-academic-year  


Information for Students

What is changing?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and, from 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a new immigration system. This means that if you did not already live in the UK before 1 January 2021 you will need to meet specific requirements and apply via the new immigration system to study, work, and live in the UK. 

What if I am an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen already living in the UK before 31 December 2020?

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and were living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living, studying, and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline to apply for this is 30 June 2021 but we would recommend that you do this as soon as possible. 

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme was designed to enable EU/EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 to continue to live, work, and study in the UK after 30 June 2021. The scheme is now open to applications and there are no fees to pay. If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen currently living in the UK we would advise you to apply to the EU Settlement scheme as soon as possible to ensure your rights continue. More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to continuing living, working, or studying in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. This means you need to apply even if you:

  • Were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • Have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
  • Are the family member of an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply, including if they are from Ireland
  • Are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member

You do not need to apply if you have:

  • Indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • Indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Irish citizenship (including British and Irish ‘dual citizenship’)

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully you will be given one of two statuses: 

  • Settled status
  • Pre-Settled status

The status that you receive depends on how long you have already been living in the UK. For more information please visit www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means

If your application is successful, you will not receive a physical document unless you are a non-EEA family member and do not already have a biometric residence card. Instead, you will be able to obtain proof of your status through an online service.  

What will happen if I do not apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021?

If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 you will no longer have the right to live, work, or study in the UK and will be required to apply for immigration permission.

Where can I get support to help me with my EU Settlement Scheme application?

The Advice Service at the University of Lincoln offers full advice about the EU Settlement Scheme. If you have any questions about the scheme or the application process, please email advice@lincoln.ac.uk. 

Do I need to provide the University with evidence of my EU Settlement Scheme status?

You will not be required to provide evidence of your EU pre-settled or settled status until after 30 June 2021. In July 2021, the University will request that you submit evidence of your status to ensure your record is updated. The University will have an obligation to hold this information and failure to provide this could place your studies at risk. Further information will follow regarding how you can share this evidence.

Between 1 January and 30 June 2021, the University must hold a copy of your current passport or ID card. If you have not provided this to the University, please do this as soon as possible by emailing enrolmentdocuments@lincoln.ac.uk

I do not have a passport and have an EU ID card. Is there anything further I need to do?

For information regarding what documents you will need to enter the UK, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-from-1-january-2021. The Advice Service is also on hand to try to answer any of your questions. You can contact them by emailing advice@lincoln.ac.uk

I am currently paying UK fees and have a student loan. Will this change?

No. As you have enrolled either during or before the 2020/2021 academic year, you will continue to be eligible for UK fee status for the remainder of your current course.  You can get more information about tuition fees and student loans from the Advice Service by emailing advice@lincoln.ac.uk

I am currently overseas and will be returning to the UK after 1 January 2021. Will anything change for me?

Depending on your individual circumstances and the length of time you have been away from the UK, you may need to apply for a Student visa to complete your studies. For more information please visit www.gov.uk/student-visa.

You can also contact our Advice Team for tailored support and guidance at advice@lincoln.ac.uk.

Where can I access more information and support?

We appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in and the University is here to help you. If you need any support or have any questions please email advice@lincoln.ac.uk. You can book a telephone appointment with an Advice Worker who can try to advise you about all aspects of studying and funding your studies in the UK after 1 January 2021.

Further information is available at www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/EU-EEA--Swiss-Students/Brexit---EU-Settlement-Scheme and www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means.

 

What is changing?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and, from 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a new immigration system. This means that if you did not already live in the UK before 1 January 2021 you will need to meet specific requirements and apply via the new immigration system to study, work, and live in the UK. 

What if I am an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen already living in the UK before 31 December 2020?

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and were living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living, studying, and working in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline to apply for this is 30 June 2021 but we would recommend that you do this as soon as possible. 

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme was designed to enable EU/EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 to continue to live, work, and study in the UK after 30 June 2021. The scheme is now open to applications and there are no fees to pay. If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen currently living in the UK we would advise you to apply to the EU Settlement scheme as soon as possible to ensure your rights continue. More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you wish to continuing living, working, or studying in the UK beyond 30 June 2021. This means you need to apply even if you:

  • Were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • Have a UK ‘permanent residence document’
  • Are the family member of an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply, including if they are from Ireland
  • Are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member

You do not need to apply if you have:

  • Indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • Indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Irish citizenship (including British and Irish ‘dual citizenship’)

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully you will be given one of two statuses: 

  • Settled status
  • Pre-Settled status

The status that you receive depends on how long you have already been living in the UK. For more information please visit www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means

If your application is successful, you will not receive a physical document unless you are a non-EEA family member and do not already have a biometric residence card. Instead, you will be able to obtain proof of your status through an online service.  

Where can I get support to help me with my EU Settlement Scheme application?

The Advice Service at the University of Lincoln offers full advice about the EU Settlement Scheme. If you have any questions about the scheme or the application process, please email advice@lincoln.ac.uk. 

I do not have a passport but have an EU ID card. Is there anything further I need to do?

For information regarding what documents you will need to enter the UK, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-from-1-january-2021. The Advice Service is also on hand to try to answer any of your questions. You can contact them by emailing advice@lincoln.ac.uk

What tuition fee status will I have if I am an EU/EEA national?

If you start your course during the 2020/2021 academic year there will be no changes to the tuition fee you will pay.

The rules will change if you start your course during or after the 2021/2022 academic year. Further information is available at www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/EU-EEA--Swiss-Students/Brexit---fees-and-Student-Support. The University's Advice Service can also help. You can contact them by emailing advice@lincoln.ac.uk

 

What do I need to do if I am not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme and coming to study a course of more than 6 months?

If you an EU/EEA national arriving in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020, and you are studying for more than six months, you will need to obtain a visa under the new Student visa route. .You will need to request a CAS number (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) in order to do this. More information is available at www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/informationforofferholders/applyingforyourcasandvisa and www.gov.uk/student-visa.

What do I need to do if I am not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme and coming to study a course of less than 6 months?

If you an EU/EEA national arriving in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020 and you will be studying in the UK for six months or less, you can come to the UK as a visitor. Please ensure that if you travel to the UK as a visitor that you keep a copy of your flight ticket or boarding card. More information is available at www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/what-you-can-do-in-the-uk.  

Where can I access more information and support?

We appreciate that there is a lot of information to take in and the University is here to help you. If you need any support or have any questions please email advice@lincoln.ac.uk. You can book a telephone appointment with an Advice Worker who can try to advise you about all aspects of studying and funding your studies in the UK after 1 January 2021.

Further information is available at www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/EU-EEA--Swiss-Students/Brexit---EU-Settlement-Scheme and www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/what-settled-and-presettled-status-means.

 


Information For Staff

Any University staff member wishing to apply for settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme can get specialist support from the HR Department. Details are available on the HR Blog site here: https://hr.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/working-at-lincoln/brexit-information/  

The site also provides information, FAQs, and links to external sources about other aspects of university activities affected by Brexit. EU funded research is not covered in the HR Brexit pages but Research and Enterprise are able to deal with queries on an individual basis by email at research@lincoln.ac.uk

Any member of University staff can call the Employee Assistance helpline for guidance on any employment-related issues, including in relation to Brexit, by phoning 0800 328 1437 from within the UK or +44 (0) 1482  661814 from outside the UK. Family members of staff can also access support through EAP.

 


Other Useful links

Universities UK - https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/

UK Research Office https://www.ukro.ac.uk/Documents/factsheet_brexit.pdf?pubdate=20180843

UK Government - https://www.gov.uk/government/brexit

The British Council: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/moving-uk/eu-students 

The UK Council for International Student Affairs: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/ 

At Lincoln, we have a team of specialist advisers who can help students with any questions about immigration or fee status and who can support enrolled students in applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. Further information can be found here: https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk/life-at-university/international-advice/advice-for-eu-students/

Please feel free to contact the University of Lincoln Student Advice Service at: internationaladvice@lincoln.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided here but this does not constitute legal advice and is subject to change. The University accepts no liability for content provided via third party websites.