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EU Settlement Scheme / EU staff recruitment

Last reviewed: 7 July 2020

Last updated: 7 July 2020

This page is specifically about the EU Settlement Scheme and recruitment of EU citizens.  You can find further information and guidance on issues associated with the UK leaving the EU on the University's Brexit Advice page.

COVID-19 Update

Following COVID-19 closures, the Home Office support services and application routes have now all fully reopened. This includes the postal route for submitting identity documents for applicants who are unable to use the EU Exit: ID Document Check app to verify their identity.

The EU Settlement Resolution Centre continues to provide support 7 days a week by email and telephone.

EU citizens currently residing in the UK are strongly recommended to apply for pre/settled status as soon as possible (guidance is available here and in the FAQs).

About the scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme is open to all EU citizens (including EEA and Swiss citizens) and their non-EU citizen family members (if they hold a valid biometric residence card).  The scheme allows people to apply for permission to continue living and working in the UK, once the transition period ends on 1 January 2021.

Using the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app

Applying through the EU Settlement Scheme requires applicants to prove their identity. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to use the Government's 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app, however you will need to have access to an Android device or an iPhone 7 (or newer) with near field communication (NFC) capability to use the app. 

We know that not all of our EU staff have access to a suitable device.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 closures the compatible phones previously available for staff cannot be used at the moment.  If you are unable to gain assistance from a family or friend with a compatible phone please email to advise that you need to use one of our compatible phones, we will then be in touch to let you know when we will be able to offer this facility to you.

Use of these phones is limited to University staff and their family members. Students should contact Student Services on 023 8059 9599 if they need to use a phone.

How to stay informed

You can join the University’s EU/EEA staff support network, for more information email

Home Office requirements for your specific status can be checked here.

Summary of immigration status for EU citizens here in the UK, or arriving in the UK, after Brexit (31 January 2020)


EU, EEA/Swiss citizen arrives in UK before Brexit

Can apply for settled/pre-settled status under EU Settlement Scheme.

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2021.

EU, EEA/Swiss citizen arrives in UK on or after Brexit

No changes to freedom of movement until 1 January 2021.


If not applied for settled/pre-settle status, an application under new immigration system rules will be required for EU, EEA/Swiss nationals who arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021.

EU, EEA/Swiss citizen with Permanent Residence

Gov guidance here

Must apply for settled status via the EU Settlement Scheme or UK citizenship by 30 June 2021 to be entitled to stay in the UK beyond this date.

EU, EEA/Swiss citizen with Indefinite Leave to Enter or Indefinite Leave to Remain

Gov guidance here

Can continue to live in UK without taking any further steps.

Can apply for settled status via the EU Settlement Scheme – allows the person to live outside the UK for up to 5 years continuous without losing settled status (under ILR can only be away for two years).

Documents that need to be presented to enter the UK after Brexit See Gov guidance.

Further information

Settlement Scheme

For further information on the EU Settlement Scheme, please see the University's FAQs and the Home Office Presentation.

The Home Office offer a range of support available online, by email and over the telephone to help EEA citizens and their family members apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  The link includes a postcode search function to find support services local to you.

EU recruitment

For information on the recruitment of EU staff, please see the University's FAQs and Gov.UK.

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