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Brexit information for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens studying in the UK

On Thursday 23rd June 2016 a referendum was held to decide whether the United Kingdom (UK) should leave or remain in the European Union (EU). The decision to leave the EU won the vote. As a result of this referendum the UK was originally scheduled to leave the European Union (EU) at 11pm UK time on Friday 29th March 2019.  This deadline has been extended to Friday 12th April 2019.

Since the referendum, the UK and the EU have been negotiating a ‘Withdrawal Agreement’ that will take effect when the UK leaves the EU. Currently we do not know whether a deal between the UK and EU will be agreed before the deadline.

What does this mean to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens studying here in the UK?  Depending on (i) your personal circumstances and (ii) whether the UK and the EU can reach an agreement, you may have to apply for immigration status here in the UK so you can continue your studies. It is therefore in your best interests to start researching and considering the different options available to you as the Brexit deadline approaches.

Recent Events - What's Happening?

  • The EU Settlement Scheme is officially open.  EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and family members can apply to be considered for EU Settlement.
  • The Home Office are working with Apple to find a solution that will allow the ID check app to work on Apple devices.  This should be resolved by the end of the year.
  • On 10/04/2019 there was an emergency summit of EU leaders to consider the UK's request for further extension until 30/06/2019, with the option of an earlier Brexit day if a deal can be agreed.
  • A Brexit extension up to 31/10/2019 has been agreed between the UK and the EU for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement.  The UK has the option of leaving the EU earlier if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by Parliament.
  • The UK must hold the elections to the European Parliament. Failing to do this will result in the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 01/06/2019.

Last Updated - 11.04.2019 09:06am

For more information please visit the UKVI website. You can also visit the UK Council for International Student Affair’s (UKCISA) website

*Please note all information is subject to change at any time without notice from the UKVI.

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