The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020 with a withdrawal deal agreed. From 1 February 2020 we moved into a post-Brexit transition period which is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020. There has been significant media coverage about the government’s immigration plans on a no-deal Brexit following Home Secretary Priti Patel’s announcement that if we have a no-deal Brexit, new post Brexit immigration regulations will come into force from 1 January 2021.
You can find more information about the rights that have been agreed for EU citizens and their families currently living in the UK on the UK government website.
EU Settlement Scheme
To continue living, working and studying in the UK after the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, you and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. We strongly advise that if you haven’t already, you and your family apply to the scheme as soon as possible. While UAL is not responsible for checking that you have registered, EU Settlement Scheme registration is an important step towards you retaining the benefits afforded to you as a resident of the UK, including your right to work. Evidence of your status will be important if you are, for example, changing jobs, agreeing a tenancy or opening a bank account.
To apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, applicants will only need to prove their identity, give evidence of their UK residence, and declare any criminal convictions. Successful applicants will be granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, depending on how long they have been living in the UK.
Regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, EU citizens will have until 30 June 2021 to apply. However, you must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. These dates may be subject to change and you should check www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families for the latest information.
Different ways to apply
Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme are still being processed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for those sending documents (rather than uploading them online) it is taking longer than usual for them to be returned. It is currently taking around 5 working days for complete applications to be processed.
The UK government has produced a step by step guide on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The EU Exit: ID document check app is now available for iPhone 7 and above, in addition to Android. Face to face help is available at government identity scanner locations where applicants can use the app, and via an assisted digital network for people who would like more support.
European Research Council / Horizon 2020 funding
There is no immediate impact on funding and we encourage UAL staff to continue to apply for EU funding where appropriate.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond has confirmed that structural and investment funds projects signed before the Autumn Statement and Horizon research funding granted before we leave the EU will be guaranteed by the Treasury after we leave. There is more information about EU funding on the Gov UK website.
Erasmus+ and staff mobility
There is no immediate change to the Erasmus+ programme.
UAL staff can continue to develop their professional and personal skills as part of Erasmus+ programme and UAL continues to welcome incoming staff members from those countries that participate in the Erasmus+ programme. While we cannot predict the outcome of Article 50 negotiations and the impact it will have on Erasmus+ funding, it should be noted that countries outside the EU/EEA (such as Turkey, Switzerland and North Macedonia) participate in the Erasmus+ programme.