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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. As the situation could change over the next two years, you may understandably want to plan ahead for this as much as possible. At the present time, not much is known, however this page will be updated as more information becomes available. You may also wish to look at UKCISA's information on what we know for EU students.

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.

Permanent Residence

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national and have lived in the UK for at least five years continuously, you may be eligible to apply for a UK Permanent Residence card. More information can be found on this at the Europa.eu website. Before preparing a Permanent Residence application, you may wish to seek advice from the UCLU Rights and Advice centre in the first instance, using their contact form.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI)

In order to have a right of residence in the UK as a student, you must have comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI). To qualify for Permanent Residence, you must be able to demonstrate you have held comprehensive sickness insurance throughout the five year period prior to applying. Further information on the requirement for CSI can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. You may also find this UKCISA news article helpful if you would like further clarification of the CSI requirement.

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 also has useful, up-to-date information for EU nationals.  

This page was last amended on 30th March 2017. We will continue to update the information above on a regular basis throughout the Brexit negotiation period.