EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme

You do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you are an Irish citizen or if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter, but you can still submit an application.

Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss student and want to join us in January 2021? If so, you will need to have the following before you can enrol:

  • pre-settled or settled status
  • sent us confirmation of your status
  • access to our online enrolment through a link we sent to you in early January.

If you have not sent us confirmation of your status, please send evidence to

Are you an Irish national? If so, you do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. You are covered by the Common Travel Area and have:

  • automatic rights to residence in the UK
  • the right to study and work in the UK.

For more information on the Common Travel Area, visit

The EU Settlement Scheme started in March 2019 and runs until 30 June 2021.

If you are a current EU, EEA and Swiss citizen, you (and your eligible family members) must apply for settled or pre-settled status to protect your residence in the UK. To qualify for this scheme, applicants must be living in the UK before the end of 2020.

From 1 January 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will require Immigration Permission to enter the UK if they do not hold settled or pre-settled status.

An EU, EEA or Swiss national wishing to study in the UK and arriving after 31 December 2020 will need to pay for a Student Visa application, the associated Immigration Health Surcharge and (if the visa application is successful) be restricted in their work and study rights in line with the Student Visa immigration route. Students who arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 will not incur this additional cost and will not require immigration permission.

Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme means you can stay in the UK as long as you like.

Pre-settled status will allow you to stay in the UK for a further five years and apply for settled status when you are eligible to do so.

Find more information about eligibility criteria for settled and pre-settled status.

Your rights with settled and pre-settled status:

  • work in the UK
  • use the NHS for free, if you can at the moment
  • enrol in education or continue studying
  • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you're eligible for them
  • travel in and out of the UK.

If you live in the UK and have started your course before 31 December 2020 and would like to stay in the UK and continue your course, you will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If your application is successful, the EU Settlement Scheme will allow you to live in the UK after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, 23:00 GMT.

Even if you do not plan to stay in the UK after you have completed your studies, you should still apply to confirm your right to study in the UK until you complete your course.

View a guide on how to apply for the EU settlement scheme.

You and your eligible family members should apply if you are EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK before the end of the transition period.

This means you need to apply even if you:

  • were born in the UK but are not a British citizen
  • have a UK 'permanent residence document'
  • are a family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who does not need to apply - including if they're from Ireland
  • are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen with a British citizen family member.

Find more information on

Visit Immigration Rules EU Appendix for more details.

If you are already in the UK, or arrive before 31 December 2020, 23:00 GMT, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EU settlement scheme. It is strongly recommended to apply as soon as you can.

If you have already applied, let us know your status so we can update your student records.

You can do so by simply completing this form:

Update your status (login required)

If you do not have a student ID, email to notify us of your status.

Useful Information

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

Includes information on:

  • Overview
  • Who should apply?
  • How to apply
  • Status definitions


EU Settlement Scheme Applicant Information

Includes information on:

  • Documents accepted for evidence of UK residence;
  • EU Exit: ID Document Check App Information
  • Application Processing Times


Guide in 26 European Languages

Includes Information on:

  • Guidance Translations


Immigration Rules Appendix EU

Includes Information on:

  • Detailed information on EU Settlement Scheme
  • Definitions of Terms


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