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No-deal Brexit arrangements for EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss nationals

As a globally-focused institution, we are committed to continuing to recruit the best people - local, national and international. The information below covers what potential EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss national employees, both currently resident in the UK and resident outside of the UK, need to know in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

We have collated FAQs in order to concisely communicate the options laid out by the UK government, in the event of a no-deal scenario, before and after the official date of exit from the EU, 29 March 2019.

The information provided below is accurate as of 8 February 2019 and we will endeavour to keep it as up to date as possible.

Further to this, for international applicants considering coming to work with us, we invite you to have a look at our Relocating pages which contain information on our relocation policy, accommodation, childcare, schools, public servcies, healthcare and useful links to current visa and immigration resources.

You can also get a flavour of the city of Liverpool on our City Life page.

Click on each FAQ for more information:

  • If you are resident in the UK on or before 29th March 2019

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    In the event of a no-deal exit, EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK before 29 March 2019 will be able to remain in the UK to work and study. 
    You and your family will be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

  • When can you apply for EU settled status?

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    The EU Settlement Scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019. Please note there are two deadlines for applications:

    • If the UK leaves the EU with a deal the deadline for applying for settled status will be 30 June 2021
    • If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then the deadline would be 31 December 2020.
  • What is the situation in respect of fees for applying for the EU Settlement Scheme?

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    On 21 January 2019 the Prime Minister announced that there will be no fee when the scheme opens fully on 30 March 2019. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded. Details of the refunds process will be published shortly.

  • Do you qualify for settled status and how can you make sure you have the right to remain?

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    You will usually be granted settled status if you have:

    • started living in the UK by 31 December 2020
    • lived in the UK for a continuous five year period (‘continuous residence’).

    Five years’ continuous residence means that for five years in a row you’ve been in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period, except for:

    • one period of up to 12 months for an important reason (for example, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting)
    • compulsory military service of any length.

    If you have settled status you can stay in the UK as long as you like.

    As a person with settled status you would be able to:

    • apply for British citizenship, (subject to eligibility)
    • work in the UK
    • use the NHS
    • enrol in education or continue studying
    • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
    • travel in and out of the UK.
  • What is pre-settled status and its rights?

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    If you do not have five years’ continuous residence, and you are resident in the UK at the time that a no-deal Brexit takes place, you’ll usually qualify for pre-settled status rather than settled status.

    You can stay in the UK for a further five years from the date you get pre-settled status, but you must apply again and get settled status if you want to stay in the UK for longer than that.

    You can apply to change your status as soon as you’ve got five years’ continuous residence.

    You can spend up to two years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status, but you will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status.

    As a person with pre-settled status you will be able to:

    • work in the UK
    • use the NHS
    • enrol in education or continue studying
    • access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
    • travel in and out of the UK.
  • How do you apply for settled status?

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    To apply, you’ll need proof of:

    • your identity (valid passport or national identity card, biometric residence card, biometric residence permit)
    • your residence in the UK, unless you have a valid permanent residence document, or valid indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK
    • your relationship to a family member from the EU living in the UK, if you’re from outside the EU.

    When you apply, you’ll be able to either:

    • scan your identity document using an Android phone
    • send your document by post.

    Until the EU Settlement Scheme is fully open on 30 March 2019, only EU citizens can apply to the Scheme and will require access to an Android mobile device to complete an application.
    More information is available on the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme pages.

  • If you are an Irish Citizen, what does this mean for you?

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    Irish citizens’ right to live in the UK will not change after the UK has left the EU, whether the departure is a no-deal or deal Brexit. Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme but family members who are not Irish or British citizens will need to. There will also be full protection and maintenance of the current arrangements for journeys between the UK and Ireland.

  • What is the position for people who arrive after 29th March 2019 but have previously lived in the UK?

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    If you are an EEA citizen who arrives in the UK after 29 March 2019 but were previously living in the UK before 29 March 2019, you can also apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. 

  • If there is a no-deal Brexit, what is the position for people who arrive in the UK after 29 March 2019 and they have not lived in the UK before?

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    In the event of no-deal, EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss nationals will not need to apply for any immigration status or visa if they do not intend to stay in the UK for more than three months. For those wishing to remain longer than the three month period, an application for European Temporary Leave to Remain will be needed.

    EEA citizens who are granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay in the UK for 36 months from the date of their application. European Temporary Leave to Remain will be a temporary, non-extendable immigration status. It will not give indefinite leave to remain (ILR), lead to status under the EU Settlement Scheme or make EEA citizens eligible to stay in the UK indefinitely.

    If a person wants to stay in the UK for more than 36 months, they will need to apply for immigration status under the new immigration system, which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

  • How would a person apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain, in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

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    We are advised that further details about how applications would be made in the event of a no-deal Brexit will be communicated shortly.

    You will need to apply via an online application within three months of arriving in the UK.

    Non-EEA citizen family members of EEA citizens living in the UK will need to apply for a family permit before accompanying or joining them in the UK.

Further Resources

For more in depth information and support, please take a look at the Brexit guidelines on the government webpages www.gov.uk.

You can also contact the HR team and we will be pleased to help and support the best we can HRfeed@liverpool.ac.uk.