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Information for EU students

Following the referendum on 23 June 2016, the UK has formally signalled its intent to withdraw from the European Union by the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. It is important to note that there are no immediate changes to the status of EEA nationals living in the UK or those planning to come to the UK.

The process of leaving the EU is likely to take a minimum of two years from the date the UK gave notification of its intention to leave the EU (29 March 2017). The position of EEA nationals in the UK remains unchanged throughout this time.

Below, we aim to address some of the questions you might have, and provide information on how to secure documentation confirming your right to reside in the UK.

What can I do now?

Keep up to date with information from UK Visa & Immigration (GOV.UK) and UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs.

If you’re a European Union (EU) citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. This will mean you can continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020.

The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.

The deadline for applying will be 30 June 2021. You may be able to apply after this date if you’re joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.

Sign up for email updates to find out when the scheme opens.

Residence rights

You do not currently need to apply for a document to prove you can live in the UK unless:

  • you’re an extended family member of someone from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • you want to apply for British citizenship
  • you want to sponsor your partner’s visa application under the Immigration Rules

If you’re an EU citizen you and your family will need to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living here after June 2021. You’ll need to have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021 to apply to the scheme when it opens.

You will still need to apply for settled status even if you have a registration certificate or permanent residence document.

Registration certificate

You do not need a registration certificate to confirm your residence status in the UK, unless you’re an extended family member of a ‘qualified’ (eligible) person.

Registration certificates will not be a valid proof of residence after 31 December 2020. You will still need to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living in the UK after June 2021 even if you already have a registration certificate.

Sign up for email updates to find out when you can apply for settled status.

Permanent residence

You only need to apply for a permanent residence document if:

  • you want to apply for British citizenship
  • you want to sponsor your partner’s visa application under the Immigration Rules

Permanent residence documents will not be a valid proof of residence after 31 December 2020. You will still need to apply for ‘settled status’ to continue living in the UK after June 2021 even if you already have a permanent residence document.

Further information on Existing UK residence documents for EU citizens

Sign up for email updates to find out when you can apply for settled status.

 

Where else can I get information?

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Contact

The ASC

Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)2020

Encountered any difficulties?

If you have encountered any difficulties and wish to speak informally to someone other than your Student Services adviser, please contact Ruth Unsworth (ru5@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Lara Meischke (ljm19@st-andrews.ac.uk), Deputy Directors of Student Services, in the first instance.

Please also be aware that the University has Complaints Handling Procedure for formally addressing concerns.