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EU Referendum - Information for European students

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Following the decision of the British public to leave the European Union in June 2016, it is likely that you will have some concerns and questions about your status in the UK. The information below aims to provide you with an overview of the present situation and resources for you to refer to, which are updated regularly. 

Your status in the UK

The UK has not yet left the EU and remains a member of the EU for the current time. Your residence status has not at present changed and as an EU/EEA or Swiss national you remain able to live, work and study in the UK. You may also wish to look at UKCISA's information on what we know for EU students.

EU citizens who by 29th March 2019 have been continuously and lawfully living in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting settled status. EU citizens who arrive by 29th March 2019, but won’t have been living in the UK lawfully for 5 years, will be able to apply to stay until they have reached the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.

For the latest updates, including information on settled status and permanent residence, please see the GOV.UK webpage on the status of EU citizens in the UK.

Timeline of Brexit negotiations

On 29th March 2017, the government formally began the process of exiting the EU by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This does not change anything immediately: the UK is still a member of the EU until we actually leave. You can read the Provost's statement on Article 50 here.

On 26th June 2017, the government published a paper outlining their offer for EU citizens in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU. You can read more about their offer for EU citizens here. You can also read the full policy paper here.

On 8th December 2017, the UK government and European Commission reached an agreement on citizens' rights. EU citizens living lawfully in the UK by 29th March 2019 will be able to continue to live and work in the UK. A streamlined process will be set up to enable EU citizens to apply for 'settled status' starting in the latter half of 2018 for two years after the UK leaves the EU - from 2018 to 2021. You can read more about settled status and citizens' rights here. You can read the joint report here.

On 19th March 2018, an agreement was reached on what happens during the period immediately after Brexit, known as the implementation period. The agreement extends the citizens' rights protections agreed in December to include EU citizens and their family members arriving during the implementation period, which will start on 30th March 2019 and last until 31st December 2020. During this time, new arrivals will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme if they intend to stay in the UK longer than 3 months. You can read the policy statement on EU citizens arriving during the implementation period here

On 21st June 2018, the Home Office published a Statement of Intent which sets out the basis of the EU Settlement Scheme, through which EU citizens and their families will be able to apply for settled status. The Statement of Intent sets out details about eligibility for the scheme and how it will work. The document also includes draft Immigration Rules, which will give legal effect to the scheme. The online application process will be piloted from late 2018, and will be fully open by 30th March 2019. More information on settled status can be found here.

Further sources of information

EU students remain very important to UCL and continue to be welcome here. The University has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions for students and staff, and will continue to provide information and advice as the situation becomes clearer. The Free Movement website has useful, up-to-date information for EU nationals. You can also sign up for email updates about developments on the status of EU nationals in the UK via the Home Office website.

This page was last amended on 26th June 2018. We will continue to update the information above on a regular basis throughout the Brexit negotiation period.