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Last updated: 26 Feb 2021 3:08pm

EU students and EU Settlement Scheme

Find out more information for current and new EU students at City, and about the EU Settlement Scheme that allows EEA nationals and their family members to apply for the right to remain in the UK long term after 2020.

Information for current students

The UK Government is committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK, including citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This includes the right to live here, to study, work and access public services such as healthcare. As the transition period has ended, to retain these rights beyond 31 December 2020, all current students and their family members must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. The process is free, online straight-forward and should take no more than 30 minutes. The final deadline for applying is 30 June 2021 (as long as you have taken residency in the UK before the 31 December 2020). If you need further advice or help with your application please contact International Visa Advice Team.

Current students from the EU will continue to have access to UK student loans for the duration of their studies and these arrangements are unchanged.

We can confirm that current EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. This is the ‘regulated UK fee’ and details are included within our course pages.

EU Settlement Scheme

EEA Students

I am an EU/EEA student at City. Should I apply under the UK Governments’ EU Settlement Scheme?

Yes, if you have been living in the UK for five years, you can apply for permission to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status).

If you have just arrived, or have been in the UK for less than 5 years, you can apply for permission to stay in the UK (known as pre-settled status) which will be valid for five years. You can apply once you register as a student at the university.  Further instructions on registration can be found here.

After you have completed 5 years in the UK, you can then apply for settled status (confirmation that you have the right to remain permanently in the UK).

Family Member of EEA nationals

If your family members are EU nationals living in the UK with you, they can also apply via the EU Settlement Scheme. If your family members are non-EEA nationals then they should apply after your application has been successful. Family members of British citizens who are currently in the UK under EU law provisions are also able to apply.

Swiss nationals

Swiss nationals are eligible to apply under the EU settlement Scheme.

Irish Nationals

Irish nationals do not need to apply for the scheme as their rights are protected under the Common Travel Area arrangements.

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.

However, we would advise that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card from your home country before travelling to the UK in order to ensure that you can easily access services on arrival and required healthcare until you are able to successfully apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Please see further information regarding health coverage for EU Citizens here.

When is the deadline to apply?

If you arrived in and are still living in the UK on the 31 December 2020, you will need to apply before 30 June 2021 to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK after that date.

How do I apply?

The application is very straightforward, free and can be completed online on an Android phone, iPhone 7 or above, or tablet, if your identity document has a biometric digital chip. You will usually be emailed a decision on your application within 3 - 5 working days unless the Home Office needs to make further enquiries. You can start your application here.

If you are a non-EEA family member and do not hold a biometric residence permit already, you will need to book an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information when you apply and submit your documents. You can find the service point by typing your postcode here.

What documents do I need to apply?

  • Passport or valid national identity card

You will be asked to upload a passport or valid national identity card digitally using the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. If you cannot use the app, you can send your document by post or pay to have it scanned at an approved centre. You can find the service point by typing your postcode here.

  • Proof of residence in the UK

If you are applying for pre-settled status, you can upload a student status letter to show that you are resident in the UK. You can request the letter from the Student Centre.

If you are applying for settled status, you will need to show that you have been living in the UK for 5 years. If you have a National Insurance Number the Home Office will be able to check your residency against government records. Please see the UK Home Office website for examples of other types of documents that can be relied on to establish residency including Qualification Certificates. You will be asked to scan supporting documents as part of your application.

  • Your photograph

As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload a recent digital photo of your face.

Can I apply outside of the UK?

If you are normally a resident in the UK (this means that you have previously lived to study/work in the UK) you can apply from outside. You can find further details here.

EU, EEA and Swiss students who are currently studying a UK course, have left the UK temporarily, but have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme and may not be in the UK by 31 December 2020. Can I still apply?

If you were studying in the UK and have returned home during the pandemic and are continuing with your course online in your home country (when you would otherwise be studying in the UK), you are able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from outside the UK, so long as you are able to prove that you are still continuously resident in the UK. This means that you must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in any 12-month period, except for a single absence of no more than 12 months for an important reason, for example due to studying outside the UK because of COVID-19. You will still be continuously resident in the UK for the purposes of the scheme. Please find further information here.

What is the difference between settled and pre-settled?

  • Pre-settled status

If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you will receive this status which will allow you to remain in the UK for 5 years. Once you complete 5 years living in the UK (you can consider the time spent before received the pre-settled status), you can apply for settled status.

  • Settled status

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years or more, you will receive Settled status. This means that you have the right to live permanently in the UK.

Further Information

For UK government Information about applying

UKCISA Advice and Guidance about applying:

Free Movement immigration law blog: How to apply for “settled status” for EU citizens

Current students from the EU will continue to have access to UK student loans for the duration of their studies and these arrangements are entirely unchanged.

We can confirm that current EU students will continue to be charged the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. This is the ‘regulated UK fee’ and details are included within our course pages.

Information for students on the Erasmus programme

  • EU students studying in the UK on the Erasmus programme will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.
  • UK students studying in the EU and elsewhere will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants and there will be no immediate changes to their immigration status.