EU Hub

Frequently asked questions


For the purpose of this guidance, who is an 'EU national'?

For the purpose of this guidance, the definition of ‘EU national’ includes all of the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

The EU Settlement Scheme allows you to apply for either settled or pre-settled status.

Settled status:

You will be eligible to apply to stay in the UK indefinitely (known as settled status) if by 31 December 2020, you have been continually living in the UK for 5 years. If you have had absences from the UK during the 5 year period of up to 6 months, or one period of up to 12 months in specific circumstances including serious illness or study, you can still apply for the scheme.

Pre-settled status:

You will be eligible to apply for limited leave to remain in the UK (known as pre-settled status) if you arrive by 31 December 2020, but have not yet have been continuously living in the UK for 5 years. This enables you to stay until you have reached the 5-year threshold, after which time you will be eligible to apply for settled status.

I'm an EU national who was residing in the UK before 31 January 2020. Can I still apply for positions at the College?

Yes. For EU nationals who were resident before exit date (31 December 2020), your residency rights remain unchanged and you are still able to apply for positions at the College.

As a College, we are committed to supporting our EU staff and students who are such an important part of our global community. As the UK leaves the European Union this week, we’re encouraging colleagues to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is currently in operation and the deadline is 30 June 2021.

A step by step guide to applying can be found here. There is no charge for an application to the scheme.

If you are currently working overseas, but were previously resident in the UK for at least five years, you would be eligible for settled status provided you have not been absent from the UK (for any reason) for more than five years and you re-enter the UK before 31 December 2020 and apply to the scheme before 30 June 2020.

Further guidance on how to make an application via the EU Settlement Status scheme is available on the College’s webpages and on government webpages.

I'm an EU national who arrived in the UK for the first time after 31 January 2020. Can I bring my family members?

Yes. Family members who are EU nationals can enter on the same basis as yourself and would be required to apply via the EU Settlement scheme before 30 June 2021.

Family members from non-EEA countries will need to apply for a ‘family permit’ before accompanying or joining you in the UK, depending on their nationality. Further details of this process are available here.

I'm a non-EU national. Can I still apply for positions at the College?

Yes. No change is anticipated to the current UK immigration system for non-EU nationals until at least 2021.

Further details on how to obtain an appropriate visa can be found on the College’s webpages.

Which jobs can be recruited to from outside the UK?

From 1 January 2021, a new ‘points-based’ immigration system will replace the current rules for workers from outside the UK.

The College will need to have a sponsor licence to recruit any worker from outside the UK, including EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. The fees, salary thresholds and skills requirements are also changing.

Find out more in the recruiting people from outside the UK from 1 January 2021.

Will you need to do additional pre-employment checks if I am offered a position at the College and I am from a country within the European Union?

No. It is not currently expected that additional pre-employment checks will be required for applicants from the European Union. Evidence of right to work will still be required, as detailed in the questions below.

What will be the impact regarding the way the College handles my data in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

There will be no impact. The principles regulating the collection and use of personal data are presently set at EU-level by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). In the UK, the Data Protection Act 2018, together with the GDPR, offers a thorough data protection framework. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there would be no immediate alteration to the UK’s data protection criteria. The reason being the Data Protection Act 2018 would remain in place and the European Union Withdrawal Act would incorporate the GDPR into UK law to sit alongside it.

For that reason, current data protection processes and procures that are set up within the College will still apply after 31 October 2019.

How does the College plan to keep colleagues updated?

The EU Hub will be routinely kept up to date and revised to represent current information.

Do you have any advice about travelling to Euriope from 1 January 2021?

Our business travel provider, Key Travel, have provided advice and guidance on travelling to Europe after the current Brexit transition period that is due to end on 31 December 2020. You can read their guidance here.

Where can I find other useful information?

The Government has provided guidance for United Kingdom nationals in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Government guidance for HEIs in England regarding how to plan for Brexit and an employer toolkit that has details for employers to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The CBI, together with Deloitte, has developed helpful tips for UK employers regarding EU staff and Brexit. The guide addresses both deal and no-deal Brexit situations and is designed around five key concerns for every organisation:

  • The rights of EU staff
  • What EU staff have to do to stay in the UK
  • How organisations can help EU staff to understand their situation
  • How organisations can actively support EU staff
  • Legal obligations