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EU Settlement Scheme

Last reviewed: 26 July 2021

Last updated: 26 July 2021

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

About the scheme

The EU Settlement Scheme was 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 allowed people to apply for permission to continue living and working in the UK, when the transition period ended on 1 January 2021.

The deadline for most applications to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021, however applications can still be accepted provided certain criteria is met or there are reasonable grounds for not applying by the June deadline. Please see GOV.UK Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status) for further details and how to apply.

How to stay informed

You can join the University’s EU/EEA staff support network, for more information please visit the SESSN and Brexit advice - Home (

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

Summary of immigration status for EU citizens here in the UK, or who arrived in the UK before or after 1 January 2021:

EU, EEA/Swiss citizen arrives in UK on or after 1 January 2021

If not applied for settled/pre-settle status, an application under new immigration system rules will be required.

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.

Documents that need to be presented to enter the UK on or after 1 January 2021 See Gov guidance.

Further information

Settlement Scheme

For further information on the EU Settlement Scheme, please see:

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.

The EU/EEA staff support network has its own website with links to useful information and advice. 

Recruiting EU citizens

From 1 July 2021, a passport or national ID card are no longer accepted as proof of right to work in the UK for EU, EEA or Swiss citizens.

This does not apply to Irish citizens who can still use their passport or passport card as proof of right to work in the UK.

Individuals with status under the EU Settlement Scheme can prove their right to work in the UK using the Home Office online right to work check service.

Individuals who do not have status under the EU Settlement Scheme or any other permission which allows work, will need permission to work under the points-based system (eligibility criteria applies).

For further information, please see:

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