EU Referendum: Guidance - Updated 19 October 2020 

On 23 June 2016 the UK electorate voted in a national referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit).

QMU is an outward looking, internationally focused university that values our European students and connections greatly, recognising their crucial contribution to our academic and cultural richness.

We warmly welcome students and staff from across Europe to be part of our academic community. We will continue to ensure that this continues during and after the Brexit process.

The guidance below for prospective students, current students and staff was last updated on 19 October 2020. We will continue to update this guidance throughout the Brexit process.

Now that the UK has left the European Union (as of 31 January 2020), a transitional period will run until 31 December 2020 to ensure an orderly exit. Various measures are already in place which will provide reassurance for current higher education students from the EU and for EU citizens thinking about coming to study in Scotland. These are set out further down this page. You will also find contact information for our Admissions staff and links with useful information. Also on this page there is information for EU university staff.

APPLICANTS AND STUDENTS

Undergraduate students entering in the academic year 2020/21: eligible EU students starting their studies in the academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. Those who meet the residency requirement will continue to benefit from associated living cost support. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website. 

Please note though that EU students (with the exception of Irish nationals) commencing study from January 2021 onwards will require a student visa to study in the UK. Information can be found here.

Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. So Irish students starting in January 2021 will not require a visa to travel or study in Scotland.

Undergraduate students entering in the academic year 2021/22

The Scottish Government confirmed on 9 July 2020 that, as a result of Brexit, higher education students from the EU starting their studies from academic year 2021-22 will no longer have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government. ‘Home fee’ status for these students will come to end, and they will be classified as international students for the purposes of tuition fees. Any additional support available to EU students, will be shown on our website, as appropriate, at:

qmu.ac.uk/brexit-guidance-for-eu-students/

qmu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/

qmu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/scholarships-for-new-students/

Future arrangements for Irish students from academic year 2021-22 under the Common Travel Area are subject to on-going discussions with the Scottish, UK and Irish Governments.

Postgraduate students entering in academic years 2020/21: Full time and part-time EU students continue to be eligible to apply for the SAAS tuition fee loan for this academic year. This includes students who commence their studies from January 2021 as this is within academic year 2020/21. 

Please note though that EU students (with the exception of Irish nationals) commencing study from January 2021 onwards will require a student visa to study in the UK. 

Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement. So Irish students starting in January 2021 will not require a visa to travel or study in Scotland.

Postgraduate students entering in the academic year 2021/22

The Scottish Government confirmed on 9 July 2020 that, as a result of Brexit, higher education students from the EU starting their studies from academic year 2021-22 will no longer have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government. ‘Home fee’ status for these students will come to end, and they will be classified as international students for the purposes of tuition fees. Any additional support available to EU students, will be shown on our website, as appropriate, at:

qmu.ac.uk/brexit-guidance-for-eu-students/

qmu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/

qmu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/scholarships-for-new-students/

Future arrangements for Irish students from academic year 2021-22 under the Common Travel Area are subject to on-going discussions with the Scottish, UK and Irish Governments.

Immigration: The withdrawal agreement which facilitated the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 January 2020 includes an agreement on citizens' rights during the transitional/implementation period which will be in place until 31 December 2020. During this time, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens can come to, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they were able to prior to the UK’s departure from the EU.

If your studies will end after the end of any transition period (i.e. 31 December 2020) or you wish to remain in the UK beyond this point for any other reason you will need to apply by 30 June 2021 for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this if you wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional/implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration rules.

EU Settlement Scheme Guidance

EU, EEA or Swiss students who are already resident in the UK or become residents in the UK by 31 December 2020, should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.

  • Successful applicants to the EUSS can continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 and will be given either settled status or pre-settled status, depending on whether they have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period.
  • The Student route (visa) will be open to EEA students as well as international students from 5 October however, EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, should not apply through the route. These students, and their families, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme.

Arriving from January 01st 2021

EU/EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student route (visa), ahead of arriving in the UK. This includes those who begin their course remotely in autumn 2020. Further guidance for EU/EEA and Swiss students.

Students leaving and re-entering the UK after the UK leaves the EU: There should be no problems for students leaving and re-entering the UK with an EU passport during their studies after Brexit. However, re-entry to the UK is always at the discretion of UK Border Force and it is advisable to carry documents which prove your residence and studies in the UK when travelling overseas.

If you have any specific queries regarding studying at QMU please contact our Admissions Team: admissions@qmu.ac.uk

Further information for EU students, from Universities UK International:
FAQs for EU students
FAQS for EEA and EFTA students

From Study UK:
EU student advice

From UKICSA:
Brexit support

EU STAFF

On 21 June 2018, the Home Office published details of a Settlement Scheme for EU citizens in the UK. EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to make an application under this scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status. They will need to demonstrate that they have been living continuously in the UK for five years to be granted settled status. EU citizens living in the UK for fewer years will be granted pre-settled status until the five year point is reached. The application will essentially involve providing evidence under three categories: (1) Identity - the applicant will need to prove their identity; (2) Eligibility – the applicant will need show that that they live in the UK; and (3) Suitability (Criminality) – the applicant will need to declare that they have no serious criminal convictions. Following a phased introduction, which included a pilot scheme open to higher education employees including those at QMU, the scheme was fully operational by March 2019. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Please note that EU citizens can also sign up to receive email updates directly from the Home Office at Stay Informed. There will be no change to the current rights of EU citizens in the UK under EU law until 31 December 2020.

RESEARCH

All staff currently undertaking EU funded projects: the UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless or until advised otherwise. Detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible by Universities UK, which is liaising with the UK Research Office and European Commission. See the statement from our Principal issued at the time of the referendum result in 2016.

 See the statement from our Principal issued at the time of the referendum result in June 2016.

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