Immigration Information for EU Students
If you’re an EU (excluding Irish citizens), EEA or Swiss citizen national or a relevant family member of an EEA national, and are a current student or planning to study at Queen’s in the future you should read our information on visa and immigration requirements in light of the UK’s exit from the EU.
Current EU Student Guidance
EU Settlement Scheme
EU, EEA and Swiss students already in the UK prior to 11pm on 31 December 2020 will be eligible to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status).
The EU settlement scheme is designed to offer EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members living in the UK before the end of the transition period (during which free movement continues) the opportunity to protect their residence in the UK after the transition period has ended.
The settlement scheme is not only for those who intend to settle in the UK after studying. It is immigration permission, which can lead to settlement, but does not have to be used to gain settlement. With permission under the scheme there will be no restrictions on study (where you study or what you study).
The deadline to apply under the scheme is 30 June 2021, however we do strongly encourage you to apply sooner rather than later. It is important to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline of 30 June 2021 to remain in the UK lawfully beyond that date.
The following groups of people who are currently in the UK or arrive by 11pm on 31 December 2020 can apply under the settlement scheme:
- EU citizens;
- Citizens of Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland (non-EU EEA citizens);
- Swiss citizens;
Please note: If you fall into the group above, but are temporarily outside the UK due to teaching moving to remote learning, you may still be eligible to apply for EU Settlement, providing you were in the UK for a period of time in the last 6 months.
However, if you have started your course remotely in September 2020-21, and plan to travel to the UK for the first time in Semester 2 (i.e. January 2021 and after 11pm on 31 December 2020) you will require a visa under the new immigration system to study in the UK.
Visit the below websites for further information:
- Brexit – what we know for EEA citizens and their family (UKCISA.org.uk)
- How to apply for settled status for EU citizens (freemovement.org.uk)
- Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (gov.uk)
If you are unclear on whether you need to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, or are making an application outside of the UK please contact the university’s International Student Immigration Advisers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Students Guidance
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring immigration permission the end of the transition period (11pm on 31 December 2020) and apply for immigration permission in the UK under the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme.
However, EU students arriving into the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020 will need apply for immigration permission under another category of the immigration Rules.
Immigration permission for those intending to come to the UK from 1 January 2021
There will be a new immigration system in place from 1 January 2021.
The Student route opened at 9am on 5 October 2020 for applications made outside the UK only from EEA nationals coming to the UK from 1 January 2021 to study a course for 6 months or longer.
For EEA nationals arriving from the 1 January 2021 studying for less than 6 months it will be possible for them to apply for visitor immigration permission on arrival into the UK.
If are arriving into the UK after the 11pm on the 31 December 2020 please contact the university’s International Student Immigration Advisers by emailing email@example.com for advice regarding applying for a visa to study.
Please note: If you have started your course remotely in September 2020-21, and plan to travel to the UK for the first time in Semester 2 (i.e. January 2021 and after 11pm on 31 December 2020) you will require a visa under the new immigration system to study in the UK.
Arrival via Republic of Ireland
If you are considering arriving in the UK via Republic of Ireland e.g. Dublin airport, you must obtain your UK visa before travelling and keep evidence of your date of entry to the UK e.g. your bus or train ticket from Dublin to Belfast. Please see advice UKCISA provide: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Arriving-via-Ireland. You are also advised to check before travelling whether you are a national who needs an Irish visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. You can check this on the Irish Immigration website at http://www.inis.gov.ie/