Update on EU Settlement Scheme - January 2020

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As we approach the current Brexit date of 31st January 2020, the University would like to reassure you that, regardless of whether or not we leave with a deal, European Nationals will have the right to travel, work or move to and within the UK without needing a visa, until the end of December 2020.

Currently living and working/studying in the UK

There are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU Nationals currently living in the UK. If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 January 2020, you will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services as you currently have. Those rights will not change and you will continue to be able to prove your rights to access these benefits and services in the same way as they do now. However, it is recommended that all EU Citizens already in the UK or moving here during 2020 obtain Settled or Pre-Settled Status as soon as possible, before the 31 December 2020 deadline. Full details are available on the Government website - note that you are now able to apply for Settlement or Pre-Settlement on mobile - using an iPhone 7 or above as well as on Android.

Planning to work or study in the UK after 31st January 2020

For a transitional period until 31 December 2020, you and your family members will be able to move to the UK and live, study, work and access benefits and services as you do now.

EU citizens visiting for a short period, or for frequent but short visits (e.g. academic visitors and external examiners), will be able to enter the UK as currently using their passport.

If you and your close family members who move to the UK after Brexit wish to stay beyond 2020, you will need to apply for a UK immigration status granting you permission to stay.

Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in the UK that is not reliant on the UK’s membership of the EU. You do not have to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme, but may do so if you wish.

Further information is available on the HR SharePoint site. This page also provides links to external advice and guidance.

We continue to offer support and guidance via The Westwood Organisation (see our SharePoint Page as highlighted above) and you can also send queries to HRHelp@hw.ac.uk, although we are unable to give advice on personal situations.

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