We understand that the UK’s decision to leave the EU raises some questions about EU citizens’ ability to study and work in the UK in the future. As Brexit negotiations continue, there is still some uncertainty about some details of this. Here, we are sharing the details that we do know, and also what our expectations are in the event of a number of scenarios.
Please note that reference to EU nationals here includes nationals of the 27 EU member states other than the UK, nationals of the member countries of the EEA and nationals of Switzerland.
If you are a non-EU national, there have been no changes to student visa requirements
This information is subject to change, and provides a high level view of the situation. Should you require specific advice about your own situation, we advise you consider taking separate legal advice.
The UK government is working towards securing a deal acceptable to both the UK and the EU. The EU Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed in large parts to ensure there is a smooth transition when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.
The Withdrawal Agreement guarantees that after 29 March 2019 until 31 December 2020:
From 1 January 2021, EU and non-EU nationals will require the same immigration permission to study in the UK. The Immigration White Paper, published in December 2018, gives some idea of what this will mean.
We will continue to monitor developments with the new proposals and update information when it is available.
This information is correct at 5 February 2019.