Student Progress

EU, Swiss and non-EU EEA students

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020. On 31st December 2020, the transitional period will come to an end and freedom of movement will cease.

EU, non EU EEA or Swiss nationals who enter the UK after 31st December 2020 will be subject to immigration control, unless they have already been granted settled, or pre-settled, status. This will mean that new students will be required to apply for leave to enter under the Student Route.

For EU, non EU EEA or Swiss nationals who have entered the UK by 31st December 2020, the EU settlement scheme will remain open until 30 June 2021.

Students who have not yet applied for the scheme, but who are considering doing so, are advised to follow the guidance provided by UKCISA. There is no fee to make this application.

Further information on how to apply can be found at: 

Registered EU, EEA and Swiss students who have left the UK temporarily

Information for EU, EEA and Swiss students who are currently studying a course and who have left the UK temporarily, but have not applied to the EUSS and may not be in the UK by 31 December 2020

The UK's Department for Education has informed the university that if you have returned home during the pandemic and are continuing to study your course remotely in your home country (when you would otherwise be studying in the UK), you can apply for the EUSS from outside the UK.

You have to prove that you are continuously resident in the UK. This means that you must not have been absent from the UK for more than six months in any 12-month period, except for a single absence of no more than 12 months for an important reason, for example due to studying outside the UK because of COVID-19. In this instance, you will still be continuously resident in the UK for the purposes of the scheme.