Brexit information for students


Advice for EU/EEA nationals (including Irish Citizens) and their families about Brexit.

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.

Current Goldsmiths Students

If you are a current EU national with a biometric passport or a non-EU family member of an EU national and have a biometric residence permit (pink BRP card), you can now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is recommended that you do apply and obtain either pre-settled or settled status. The deadline to do so will be by the 30 June 2021, or if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the 31 December 2020

Support from Goldsmiths Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)

We will be holding a student Brexit briefing event for EU/EEA students in due course and will publish more information/dates as soon as we are able to.

We will be making appointments available soon for EU students to book to get help to make applications under the new visa schemes in place relating to Brexit.

Prospective Goldsmiths students

If there is a Brexit deal

If the UK Government does reach a deal, then as an EU/EEA national and your eligible family members will be 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 30 December 2020.

If there is no Brexit deal

If there is no deal reached between the UK and the EU, then the Settlement Scheme will apply more restrictively and will only open to you if you are resident in the UK before 11pm on the official Brexit date.

If you arrive in the UK after the Brexit date, you will be granted temporary entry for up to 3 months and if you plan to stay beyond that, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, which will then be valid for up to 36 months. A new immigration system will be introduced from January 2021 which you would then need to apply for to remain living in the UK beyond the 36 month visa.

Family Member of EU nationals

Currently, your family members who are EU nationals already living in the UK prior to the official Brexit date can apply via the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the event of a no-deal, non-EU family members who wish to accompany an EU citizen to the UK after the Brexit date, will need to apply in advance for a family permit. Information on how to do this will be published in due course.

Irish Citizens

If you are an Irish national, Brexit will not change your status as Irish people are automatically deemed to hold settled status in the UK, so you are not required to do anything in preparation for 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.

Fee for the EU Settlement application

On 21 January 2019, the Government announced that anyone who applies or has already applied and paid during the pilot phases (£65), will be able to claim a refund. Details of the refund process will be published by the Government soon and we will provide an update about this when possible. From 30 March 2019 the application fee has been waived.

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.

Study Abroad/Erasmus

Leaving the EU with a Withdrawal Agreement ('Deal')

If the UK exits the EU with a 'deal' then it 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.

Leaving the UK without an agreement ('No deal')

If the UK exits the EU without a deal, the UK will hold discussions with the European Commission in order to try and secure the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus+ scheme until 2020. There are then various options to explore for the UK's continued participation, such as programme country status (1), partner country status (2) or another arrangement.

  1. Currently, the only countries which have Programme Country Status, are EU member states, candidate countries for accession to the Union and those European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which form part of the European Economic Area (EEA). This includes Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  2. See the European Commission’s list of Partner Country Regions for more information.

 There is also useful information directly on the European Commission website



This page was last updated on 26 April 2019