Guidance for EU applicants
We are committed to doing all we can to support EU applicants who want to study with us (Norwich voted to remain in Europe in the 2016 Referendum) and we would like to offer some reassurance about fees, visas, and access to finance in the context of the Brexit negotiations.
Currently, the UK is set to leave the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020 – but would then enter a transition period until 31 December 2020 while negotiations about future trading relations and security co-operation take place. Freedom of movement and citizens’ rights are expected to remain the same during the transition period.
EU tuition fees and student finance
If you are an EU student who is planning to start a course in September 2020, you will pay the same tuition fees as UK students, and will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan, even if the UK leaves the European Union before the end of your course.
Free movement and immigration
Final arrangements will depend on the terms of the UK’s departure from EU.
If the UK Parliament votes for the proposed withdrawal agreement, and the UK leaves the EU on 31 January but enters a transition period until the end of 2020, you will have the right to free movement when your course starts in September 2020.
This means you can come to the UK to study, live and work as now. The same will apply to EEA students from Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.
However, the British Government is asking EU citizens resident in the UK to apply for leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021.
If the UK leaves the EU without the withdrawal agreement being passed and no transition period, free movement under the treaty will end at 11pm on 31 January 2020.
- If you are already in the UK prior to exit day, you will be eligible to apply to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to apply by 31 December 2020.
- If you are entering the UK between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020, you will not be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will still be able to come and go from the UK and be able to live, work and study here, but to stay beyond 31 December 2020 you will need to apply for either European Temporary Leave to Remain or another type of immigration permission depending on your circumstances. The deadline will be 31 December 2020.
European Temporary Leave to remain
The application will be free of charge – consisting of an online application form with identity, security and criminality checks.
If successful in your application, you will be granted immigration permission for 36 months which will start from the date the permission is granted.
Immigration permission will be granted in secure digital format which you can share with others (such as employers and landlords) although during this period you would also still be able to evidence your right to work and rent using your passport or national identity card.
You will be able to apply for further immigration permission through the new immigration system currently under consideration in the UK.