Advice for EU/EEA nationals (including Irish Citizens) and their families about Brexit.
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Changes due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
The terms of the UK transition period for Brexit has not changed and this is still due to end on 31 December 2020, therefore those intending to study and live in the UK need to have entered the UK by that date. Hopefully, by the start of the term for the academic year 2020/21, there will not be travel restrictions in place, allowing you (EU/EEA national) to enter the UK with your EU/EEA passport and once enrolled on the course at Goldsmiths, we will be able to assist with making an application to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).
If you have already entered the UK before and are away for a while and expect to return, you can apply to the scheme EUSS from overseas using the online app on an eligible Android or Apple device. You will need your passport or ID card that has a biometric chip as the app will scan that information. You will also need to upload evidence of your residence in the UK – this can be an employer’s letter or enrolment letter from Goldsmiths. Due to Covid-19, applicants currently cannot apply via post or visit a document scanning location.
The implications of Brexit for you will depend on when you'll be arriving in the UK, if you are not already here.
The Home Office said the following in their Statement of Intent with regards to Brexit:
"EU citizens living in the UK, along with their family members, will be able to stay and continue their lives, with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services that they enjoy now.
"Existing close family members living overseas will be able to join them here in future. In order to do so, EU citizens will need to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme."
EU/EEA and Swiss students currently studying in the UK and their eligible family members can opt to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to make their application.
Support and advice
We provide help and information for current and prospective students, as well as their families on what the UK's exit from the EU could mean.
EU/EEA and Swiss students can contact IAS with any questions they have about Brexit.
Current Goldsmiths Students
If you are a current EU national with a biometric passport or biometric national ID card, or a non-EU family member of an EU national and have a biometric residence permit (pink BRP card), then you can now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, using the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app (which is available on certain Android and iPhone devices) to confirm your identity and then complete an application online or you can upload your documents via an application centre and complete the application online.
You can find out where to scan your ID documents for the EU Settlement scheme via the gov.uk website.
We recommend that you do apply and obtain either pre-settled or settled status and the deadline to do so is by the 30 June 2021.
Leaving the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement ('Deal')
Now that the UK has left the EU with a 'deal, we will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until the end of the current cycle in 2020. EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020.
See the European Commission’s list of Partner Country Regions for more information. There is also useful information directly on the European Commission website.
Prospective Goldsmiths students
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals and your eligible family members are able to enter the UK until the end of the transitional period, which is currently 31 December 2020. You can then apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to remain living in the UK beyond 31 December 2020. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.
Family Member of EU nationals
Your family members who are EU nationals and already living in the UK (or arrive before 31 December 2020) can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Non-EU family members can also apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
For more information about parents, guardians, families and friends please read UKCISA's advice on how Brexit may affect the family members of EU/EEA students and their family members.
If you are an Irish national, Brexit will not change your status as Irish nationals are automatically deemed to hold settled status in the UK, therefore you are not required to do anything as a result of Brexit.
However, you can continue to apply for British citizenship if you meet the requirements. In particular, you must not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the five year period before you apply, or 90 days in the year immediately before the application.
Comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI)
Those applying under the EU Settlement Scheme will not be required to show that they held comprehensive sickness insurance during their time in the UK.
For more information about healthcare please read UKCISA's advise on healthcare while studying in the UK.
Courses beginning in 2019 and 2020
The UK government has confirmed that students from the EU (classed as EU for fee purposes) who begin courses in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as before, for the full duration of their course of study.
Courses beginning after 2021
The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for ‘home’ fee status from August 2021 and neither will they be able to access financial support from Student Finance England.
However, this will not apply to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and it will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK.
The Admissions or Fees Team will be able to assess your tuition fee status during the course application process.
Further information can be found:
- Gov.uk provides information for EU staff and students from the UK government
- UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) offers advice for international students in the UK and universities, colleges and students' unions who support them
- Universities UK (UUK) is the Higher Education sector’s representative body with guidance for university staff and students
- Continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU is a useful tool, which provides some information on what to do and when depending on your current status
This page was last updated on 29 June 2020.