An important deadline is approaching for people studying or working at UK universities who are EU, EEA or Swiss citizens. 30th June is the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) which will allow you to remain with the legal right to live and work in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

This status means that you continue to be eligible for:

  • public services, such as healthcare and schools
  • public funds and pensions
  • British citizenship, if you want to apply and meet the requirements

Points-based study visas

Since leaving the EU, international students planning to study in the UK for the first time in 2021 have been required to apply for a points-based study visas in order to take up their place at university.

However, EU students who were living for a period in the UK prior to 31st December 2020 were eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme which awarded them either Settled Status or Pre Settled Status.

Settled vs Pre-settled status

Students who had been resident in the UK for five years or more would have received settled status.

Students resident for less than five years would have received pre-settled status, and can apply for settlement once five years of residency has been reached.

What happens from 1st July 2021?

After 30 June 2021, EEA passports and national identity cards will no longer be sufficient to prove your right to work (RTW) in the UK. Instead, EEA citizens will need to show evidence of their status under either the EU Settlement Scheme or the new Points-Based Immigration System.

Settled and pre-settled status are a digital-only status, meaning that no residence card or passport stamp is issued and a status outcome letter is not proof of status. Non-EEA family members will continue to be issued biometric residence cards.

Support available

Make sure you have taken all the necessary steps because the EU Settlement Scheme deadline to apply is 30th June.