The end of the Brexit transition was 23:00 on 31 December 2020.  EU/EEA and Swiss (excluding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) nationals may require a visa to enter the UK after this date depending on if they already hold an EU Settlement Scheme Status. 


Important to know: 

  • The Advice & Guidance team are running online information sessions for EU/EEA & Swiss nationals on how to protect your status after the Brexit transition.  For more information on these sessions and information on how to sign up visit our Brexit webpages.

 

In this article: 

 

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who hold Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme
If you are not outside of the UK for more than 5 years (4 years if you are a Swiss national) you can re-enter using your Settled Status. 

 

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who hold Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme
If you are not outside of the UK for more than 2 years you can re-enter using your Pre-Settled status. 

 

Please note that if you are hoping to be eligible for Settled Status in the future, any absences from the UK will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration definition of a “permitted absence” as follows:

  • Absences totalling 6 months (including lots of short absences) within any 12 month period  
  • A single period of absence which does not exceed 12 months and was for an important reason (such as pregnancy, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas posting); or​
  • any period of absence on compulsory military service; or​
  • any period of absence on a posting on Crown service or (as a spouse, civil partner, durable partner or child) any period of absence accompanying a person on a posting on Crown service; or​
  • any period spent working in the UK marine area (as defined in section 42 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

 

The UK Visas and Immigration have not confirmed whether the Coronavirus pandemic would be considered an “important reason” as stated above.  If studying remotely outside of the UK will result in you being outside of the UK for more than 12 months and you hope to be eligible for Settled Status in the future, please contact the Advice & Guidance team for support on your individual situation.


EU/EEA/Swiss nationals with no status under the EU Settlement Scheme who are currently in the UK
It is recommended that you apply for Pre-Settled/Settled status via the EU Settlement Scheme prior to leaving the UK. If this is not possible, you may be required to apply for a Student Visa to return to the UK to complete your studies.  Please contact the Advice & Guidance team for more support on your individual situation.

 

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals outside the UK with no status under the EU Settlement Scheme
It is likely you will require a Student Visa to return/come to the UK to complete your studies.  For more information please see the Advice & Guidance webpages.


How can I find out if I’m eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?
Our article What is the EU Settlement Scheme and how do I apply gives you an overview of the EU Settlement Scheme, more information on eligibility and how you can apply.


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