We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and studying at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact: academic.registrar@imperial.ac.uk

Please note: This content is reviewed every week. If there is an update to the content there will be an asterisk (*) next to the relevant question. Each answer will display the dates when it was last updated and reviewed, e.g. (Updated 01/03/19 | Reviewed 08/03/19).

FAQs for Students

I am a student from the EU/EEA. Can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

You will need to be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, or 29 March 2019 in the event of a no deal Brexit, and apply by 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 in the event of a no deal-Brexit, if you wish to retain your right to live, work and/or study in the UK.

You will be able to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme as follows:

Public Test Phase of EU Settlement Scheme from 21 January 2019:

You will be eligible to apply if you are:

  • an EEA citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
  • a non-EEA citizen family member and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you have applied for on or after 6 April 2015.

EU Settlement Scheme: when fully open - on 30 March 2019

If you are not eligible to take part in the public test phase or you do not wish to participate in the public test phase then you will be able to make an application when the scheme opens fully to the public on March 2019. Please note that there is no need to rush as the deadline for applying will be either 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Please see the How can I apply for the EU Settlement Scheme FAQ below. 

(Updated 11/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

How can I apply for settled/pre-settled status?

You will be able to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme as follows:

Public Test Phase of EU Settlement Scheme from 21 January 2019:

You will be eligible to apply if you are:

  • an EEA citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
  • a non-EEA citizen family member and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you have applied for on or after 6 April 2015.

Please note that:

  • The public test phase is open to:
    • all staff, students, family members of staff/students, individuals with honorary associations, casual workers, etc
    • Making an application during the public test phase is entirely voluntary.
    • If you do not have a biometric passport or biometric residence card then unfortunately you will need to wait and apply when the EU Settlement Scheme opens fully to the public by 30 March 2019 when alternative ways to verify identity will be available.

EU Settlement Scheme when fully open - by 30 March 2019: 

If you do not wish to participate in the public test phase you will be able to make an application when the scheme opens fully to the public by March 2019. Please note that there is no need to rush as the deadline for applying will be either 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Individuals with less than 5 years’ continuous residence

You may choose either to wait until you acquire 5 years’ continuous residence (providing you will achieve this before 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit) and apply for settled status at that time or apply for pre-settled status now and apply for settled status (free of charge) once you acquire 5 years’ continuous residence.

If you are eligible for the public test phase and wish to apply, you will need to:

1)      Verify your identity using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app on an Android device

  • You must complete this step first before attempting to complete your online application.
  • Before you start you will need:

a)       Your biometric passport or biometric residence card (non-EEA nationals)

b)       Your mobile phone

c)       To download the Home Office EU Exit: ID Document Check app from the Google Play Store to verify your identity.

  • This is currently only available to download on Android devices - an easy way to check if your device can use this app is if contactless Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology is available within its settings.
  • If you do not have an Android device:
    • You may wish to use a family member/friend’s device. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device.
    • A number of Android devices are available at the ICT Service Desk/Tech Bar which is located on the First Floor (just past the main staircase), Central Library, South Kensington Campus, and is open 08.30 - 18.00 weekdays – no appointment necessary.
    • Face to face help is also available at identity scanner locations where applicants can be helped to use the app.
  • Accept the T&Cs
  • Scan the photo page of your biometric passport/biometric residence card (non-EEA)
  • Enter your mobile number (you will need to change from the default US option)/email then enter the PIN number you receive
  • Check your biometric document’s information which contains a biodata chip. Please note: this can be slightly tricky so please follow the instruction below carefully:
    • Press the Check Now button first, then place the device on top of your biometric passport/biometric residence card (non-EEA citizen family member)  and do not move it until the check has been completed.
    • Do not proceed with your application until you have completed the identity check otherwise you will be asked to send your passport to the Home Office.
  • Scan your face
  • Take a photo of yourself
  • Check the summary
  • Submit information
  • After using the app to verify your identity, you will be sent an email asking you to verify your email address and continue your application online.  
  • You can complete the rest of the application either on that device or on any smartphone, laptop or computer.
  • We are aware that some individuals have experienced difficulties when using Internet Explorer and that it may therefore be better to use an alternative browser such as Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc

2)    Complete your online application 

  • Before you start you will need:

a)       To have completed Step 1 to Verify your identity using the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app on an Android device.

b)      Your biometric passport or biometric residence card (non-EEA nationals)

c)       Your mobile phone

d)      Your Permanent Residence (PR) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) document, if you already hold this status

e)      Your National Insurance number – if you have one

f)        Your bank card for payment

  • You will then need to enter the following information:
  • ID type - passport number, DoB
  • Enter your mobile number/email then enter security code
  • Application type – dual nationality, Permanent Residence (PR), Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), non-EEA citizen family member
  • Personal details - address, other name, National Insurance (NI) number (if you have one)
  • Criminal convictions & extremist activity check - complete the Yes/No declaration
    • Only serious or persistent criminality will affect your application. This should not affect the vast majority of EU citizens and their family members.
    • You may still get settled/pre-settled status even if you do have convictions. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
  • Answer 3 security questions in case of difficulties accessing your application at a later date
  • Submit your application
  • *Pay the application fee, if required.
    • The fee to apply is £65 for over 16s and £32.50 for under 16s
    • *Please note: On 21 January the Prime Minister announced that the application fee would be removed when the Settlement Scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already during the Pilot or Public Test Phase, or who applies and pays a fee during the Public Test Phase, will therefore have their fee refunded by the Home Office after 30 March 2019If you are due a refund you do not need to do anything. The Home Office will automatically refund the fee to the card that was used to pay it. An email will be sent to the contact address provided in the application, confirming when the refund has been processed.
    • It will be free to apply if you already have a valid PR or ILR document.
  • The result of your continuous residence checkwill be displayed straightaway.
    • The system uses your NI number to check your tax (HMRC) and benefits (DWP) data to work out how long you have been resident in the UK
    • If you have not worked in the UK because you are a student here, you will need to provide additional evidence of your residence.
    • If you have provided proof that you have a valid PR or ILR document, you will be exempt from the continuous residence check.
    • If you agree with the result of your continuous residence check, accept and submit to complete your application.
    • If you disagree with the result of your continuous residence check, or where your residence cannot be proven automatically in this way, you will need to upload additional evidence of your residence.
      • If the results detail the exact number of years and months that are missing then you will only need to upload additional evidence to cover the relevant dates. If not then you will need to provide evidence for the full 5 year period.
      • If you do not have all the documentary evidence available we recommend that you save and close your application at this stage. Once you have all the documentary evidence you need you can return to your application, upload the evidence and submit to complete your application.
    • You will not need to provide evidence of your entire residence in the UK, only for the period that proves you’re eligible for settled/pre-settled status.
  • After you apply
    • You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application, which will explain how long applications are taking to process, and an email confirming receipt of payment.
    • Once processed, you will receive an email confirming your status and how to access this digitally. You will not get a physical document unless you’re from outside the EU and do not already have a biometric residence card.
    • If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal the decision from 30 March 2019. You can also reapply as many times as you want to before the final deadline for applications but will have to pay the fee each time you apply.

Advice and Support

  • Access to an Android device to complete the ID document check:
  • You may wish to use a family member/friend’s device. There are no security risks in doing this and your data is not stored on the device.
  • A number of Android devices are available at the ICT Service Desk/Tech Bar which is located on the First Floor (just past the main staircase), Central Library, South Kensington Campus, and is open 08.30 - 18.00 weekdays – no appointment necessary.
  • At present, the International Student Support Team are unable to assist with submitting an application for permanent residence/settled status until we have received formal training under the regulations of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. Once we have received the required training, we may be able to provide more in-depth assistance. As yet we are unable to guarantee when this will be.
  • A number of local authorities are offering an identity document scanning service to ensure those who do not have access to a suitable device are able to verify their identity – see details of locations available.
  • Additionally, the Home Office has set up an EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre to answer questions you may have about your application,  telephone 0300 123 7379 or +44 (0) 20 3080 0010 or ask a question by using the online submissions form
  • An assisted digital service is available for those who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. If you require such support with your application, please contact We Are Digital by calling 03333 445675 (Mon-Fri 9.00 - 17.00).

(Updated 11/03/19 | Reviewed 11/03/19)

Can my family members apply?

Family members living in the UK will be eligible to apply during the public test phase from 21 January if they are:

  • an EEA citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip); or
  • a non-EEA citizen family member and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you have applied for on or after 6 April 2015.

Please note that:

  • If they do not have a biometric passport or biometric residence card then unfortunately they will need to wait and apply when the EU Settlement Scheme opens fully to the public by 30 March 2019 when alternative ways to verify identity will be available.
  • If they do not wish to participate in the public test phase they will be able to make an application when the scheme opens fully to the public by March 2019. Please notethat there is no need to rush as the deadline for applying will be either 30 June 2021, or 30 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit.
    • Additionally, if you participated in the Home Office Pilot or you participate in the public test phase then your family members will be able to link their applications to yours later so there will be no need for them to submit any information/evidence required from you
  • Close family members (a spouse, civil partner, durable partner, dependent child or grandchild, and dependent parent or grandparent) living overseas will be able to join EEA citizens resident in the UK, where the relationship existed on the relevant date (or where a child was born overseas after this date) and continues to exist when the person wishes to come to the UK. In the event of a no deal Brexit, applications would need to be made by 29 March 2022.
  • Future spouses, partners and dependent relatives will be able to join EEA citizens, where the relationship was established after exit, until 30 December 2020.
  • Thereafter family members will be subject to the immigration rules in place at the time.

(Updated 06/02/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

I am a student from the EU/EEA. What does Brexit mean for my place at Imperial?

Parliament rejected the revised Withdrawal Agreement on 12 March. Regardless of this, the following guarantees remain: 

Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 (the first cycle post-Brexit) will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as per existing rules. These announcements have not been caveated as being subject a Brexit deal being agreed, and Universities UK has been informed by the Department for Education that these commitments (for England) would be honoured even in the event of no deal. 

Your right to study in the UK won’t change as a result of Brexit. The government has confirmed that this will also apply to next year’s intake of students (2019/20). The government has stated it intends to continue to allow UK and EU/EEA citizens to travel to each other's countries to study and to work.

(Updated 16/01/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Will my tuition fees change as a result of Brexit?

Parliament rejected the revised Withdrawal Agreement on 12 March. Regardless of this, the following guarantees remain: 

Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 (the first cycle post-Brexit) will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as per existing rules. These announcements have not been caveated as being subject a Brexit deal being agreed, and Universities UK has been informed by the Department for Education that these commitments (for England) would be honoured even in the event of no deal. 

The tuition fee status will not change for current EU/EEA students attending UK universities or for those coming for courses starting in 2018/19 or in 2019/20. EU/EEA students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as UK students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU. After the agreed transition period, intended to end in December 2020, the fees for EU/EEA students starting courses at UK universities will depend on the outcome of the UK's exit negotiations.

The fee status of EU and EEA students starting courses at UK universities from 2020–21 has not yet been determined by UK governments.

(Updated 08/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Will I have to get a visa?

Parliament rejected the revised Withdrawal Agreement on 12 March. Regardless of this, the following guarantees remain: 

Regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU/EEA citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits.

To retain these rights, all EU/EEA citizens will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is approved, EU/EEA citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 would have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, as there would be no agreed implementation period and no six-month grace period, the application deadline would be brought forward. EU/EEA citizens would therefore need to be resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 and would need to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU/EEA citizens who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 and before the new skills-based immigration system begins on 1 January 2021 will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study as they do now albeit for an interim period.

EU/EEA citizens intending to stay for less than 3 months will not need to apply for any immigration status or visa.

However EU/EEA citizens intending to stay for more than 3 months will need to make an online application for European Temporary Leave to Remain within 3 months of arriving in the UK. Those granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay for 36 months from the date of application.

EU/EEA citizens wishing to remain for longer than 36 months will need to apply for an immigration status under the new skills-based immigration system which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

Please also note that there will be no change to the documents EU/EEA citizens are required to provide to evidence their Right To Work until 1 January 2021 when the new immigration system is implemented.

We will keep you updated as further information becomes available.

(Updated 11/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Can I still apply for Research Council funding for my PhD?

Yes - EU nationals can still apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for the academic year 2019 to 2020. 

(Updated 18/10/18 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Can I still receive loans and grants?

Parliament rejected the revised Withdrawal Agreement on 12 March. Regardless of this, the following guarantees remain: 

Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019/20 (the first cycle post-Brexit) will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support as per existing rules. These announcements have not been caveated as being subject a Brexit deal being agreed, and Universities UK has been informed by the Department for Education that these commitments (for England) would be honoured even in the event of no deal. 

(Updated 16/01/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Will my UK degree still be recognised in the EU?

UK degrees are recognised in many countries around the world, and there are a number of agreements between different countries that support this. Some of these are not related to the European Union – for example, the Bologna process, which means that after the UK leaves the EU, most academic qualifications will still be recognised.

The Brexit White Paper on the future relationship states that the government wants to establish a system on mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ) that covers the same range of professions as the existing MRPQ Directive. The government has also issued a 'no deal' technical notice on professional qualifications. The government has guaranteed that recognition decisions which have already been made by the exit date will continue to be recognised in the UK, and that applications made by (but not assessed by) the exit date will be assessed according to existing MRPQ Directive rules, including potential appeals.

(Updated 08/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

What about Erasmus+ grants and study abroad opportunities?

Latest updates on Erasmus+ and study abroad can be found on the dedicated College Erasmus+ site.

(Updated 08/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

I am an EU national student currently out of the UK on a study abroad programme. Do I need to return to the UK before 29 March?

In order to qualify for settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme (see FAQ on visa above), you must not normally have been out of the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period. There is an exception to this if you have been undertaking a study abroad year as part of your degree. In this case you must not have been out of the UK for more than 12 consecutive months. You may want to consider returning to the UK early if the length of your study abroad year is going to be longer than 12 months. You don’t need to do this before 29 March, but you need to ensure that you have not been out of the UK for more than 12 months before the deadline to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (30 December 2020 in the event of no-deal or 30 June 2021 if the deal is agreed).

If you have not been resident in the UK for 5 years, you can still apply for pre-settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme but only if you are resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 (in the event of a no-deal). Therefore, if you are currently outside the UK you may want to consider travelling back in to the UK before 29 March in order to be resident here by the relevant date. If you want more advice on your situation, please contact brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk

(Updated 11/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

Can EU/EEA graduates from Imperial still take up job offers in the UK?

Yes. There is no immediate change to the UK’s visa policies, including for EU/EEA citizens already living in the UK and for those who wish to come here.

Regardless of the outcome of the Brexit process, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU/EEA citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits.

To retain these rights, all EU/EEA citizens will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme, and Imperial will continue to support staff to do so. 

If the Withdrawal Agreement is approved, EU/EEA citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 would have until 30 June 2021 to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, as there would be no agreed implementation period and no six-month grace period, the application deadline would be brought forward. EU/EEA citizens would therefore need to be resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 and would need to apply for settled/pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU/EEA citizens who arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 and before the new skills-based immigration system begins on 1 January 2021 will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study as they do now albeit for an interim period.

EU/EEA citizens intending to stay for less than 3 months will not need to apply for any immigration status or visa.

However EU/EEA citizens intending to stay for more than 3 months will need to make an online application for European Temporary Leave to Remain within 3 months of arriving in the UK. Those granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay for 36 months from the date of application.

EU/EEA citizens wishing to remain for longer than 36 months will need to apply for an immigration status under the new skills-based immigration system which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

Please also note that there will be no change to the documents EU/EEA citizens are required to provide to evidence their Right To Work until 1 January 2021 when the new immigration system is implemented.

We will keep you updated as further information becomes available.

(Updated 11/03/19 | Reviewed 19/03/19)

I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

 We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

  • We want continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • As the UK reviews its entire immigration system, we are campaigning for visa reforms that will offer easier access for international students and recent graduates.
  • We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.

Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.