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Information for EU applicants and current students 

If you are a European Union (EU), EEA or Swiss citizen arriving in the UK before 31 December 2020, you currently do not need a student visa to come to the UK to study, and you can apply just the same as a UK student – details of how to apply are on each of our course pages.

If you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 and want to stay in the UK, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

If you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss national* and you are arriving in the UK to study on or after January 1, 2021, you will require immigration permission and a visa.

*with the exception of Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland who will continue to access benefits and services under the Common Travel Area arrangement. More detailed information can be found on the UKCISA website

Details on the very latest advice from government can be found here, while full details on the Immigration Bill, including factsheets, can be found here. 

Fees

The UK Government has confirmed that EU, EAA and Swiss students starting a course in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for Home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course, via the Student Loans Company.

EU, EEA and Swiss students currently eligible for Home status, Home fee status and financial support will remain eligible for the duration of their course.

However, if you are applying to start in the 2021/22 academic year, you will no longer be eligible for home fees, or for 19+ Further Education, undergraduate or postgraduate financial support. Examples are outlined below:

  • If you are joining us in October 2020, there is no change to fees, you’ll be eligible for Home fee status and pay the same tuition fees as Home students. If you’re arriving before 1 January 2021, you’ll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. If you opt to study online in the first semester with a view to arriving in the UK on or after 1 January 2021, you’ll need a visa.
  • If you’re joining us in February 2021, there’s no change to fees – you’ll be eligible for Home fee status - but you’ll need a visa to study.
  • If you’re joining us in September 2021, you will need a visa to study, and you’ll no longer be eligible for Home fees (British citizens who return from living elsewhere in the EU/EEA to study in the UK will continue to be eligible for Home fee status and Student Finance support until 31 December 2027).

Our EU, EEA and Swiss students are a valued part of our community, and we are committed to supporting them. The Gateway teams at each of our campuses will be able to provide any assistance you may need with your settlement application.

Information for staff (current and prospective)

If you are an EU, EAA and Swiss national already working at UCA, or you are joining us before 31 December 2020, you and your families must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 - even if you have a UK permanent residence document.

You do not need to apply if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can if you want to.

You can read the Government’s guidance for employers and employees here.

The immigration status of EU Nationals arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020, has not yet been fully decided, however the UK Government has begun to change the framework for immigration with the introduction of the Immigration Bill in parliament. This bill outlines a new points-based system for those entering the country for work, although full details on this will not be published until later in the year.

Full details on the Bill, including factsheets, can be found here.