Brexit update: current students from the EU already studying in Scotland

Information for current students from the EU already studying in Scotland

Student Funding

The Scottish Government have confirmed that current nationals from the EU27 member states will continue to access existing funding arrangements during the intended length of their studies. This is regardless of whether the UK Government secures a deal to leave the EU or not, and still applies even were the UK to exit the EU without a deal.

Immigration

Whilst the UK remains a member of the EU, the immigration status of current EU students does not change.

In the event of the UK leaving the EU with a deal:

  • Any Withdrawal Agreement will include an agreement on citizens' rights during a transitional/implementation period from the day after the UK leaves the EU. This is a period of time (likely to continue until 31 December 2020, but which can be extended) during which EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens can come to, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they can now. 
    • If your studies will end after the end of any transition period (i.e. 31 December 2020) or you wish to remain in the UK beyond this point for any other reason, you will need to apply by the 30 June 2021 for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this if you wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional/implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration rules.

 In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal:

  • Any EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens already in the UK prior to the UK leaving the EU will be able to remain here on the same basis as they do now.
  • If your studies will end after 30th December 2020 or you wish to remain in the UK beyond this point for any other reason, you will need to apply by the 30 December 2020 for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK Government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this if you wish to remain in the UK after the 30th December 2020, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration rules.

Should you require any guidance or have any questions, our Visa and International Support team is here to help. Please email internationalsupport@napier.ac.uk 

Our team is also available to meet face-to-face with drop-in sessions and individual appointments across our three campuses.

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