Britian and the EU
Support for EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss nationals
We are committed to continuing to recruit the best people - local, national and international.
From the official Brexit date of 31 January 2020 there is a transition period up until 31 December 2020 during which there will be no changes to the current rules around travelling to, visiting, studying and working in the UK.
From 1 January 2021, it is foreseen that new rules will apply and we will endeavour to keep you up to date on new requirements and processes as they emerge.
The information below covers the options for current and potential employees joining us from the EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss Nationals, both currently resident in the UK and resident outside of the UK, that are planning to come and live and/or stay in UK. Information relating to affected family members is also included.
The guidance provided is kept as up to date as possible in line with emerging advice from the Home Office. Click on each FAQ for more information:
I am an EU national living in the UK. What will I need to do?
You will need to apply for ‘settled status’ if you have been resident in the UK for 5 years or more, or ‘pre-settled status’ if you have been in the UK for less than 5 years.
The scheme is open and further information about the scheme is available on the government website.
When do I need to apply for settled status?
The Scheme is open and the latest information we have from the government is that, if you are in the UK prior to 31 December 2020, you will have until 30 June 2021 to submit an application. However, in the event that there is ‘no-deal’ this deadline may change. The University of Liverpool is continuing to monitor developments and will communicate any updates as and when further information becomes available.
Why do I need to apply for settled status?
You will need to apply for settled status if you wish to stay in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 to either live, work or study. Having settled status will mean that you continue to be eligible for:
- Public services, such as healthcare and schools
- Public funds and pensions
- British citizenship (if you meet the requirements and you wish to apply for it in the future).
For more information on how to apply for settled status, please see the government website.
What are the criteria for applying for settled status?
To apply for settled status, you will need to demonstrate that you are:
- An EU national
- Have been resident in the UK for at least 5 years
- Have no significant criminal convictions.
If you have been in the UK for less than 5 years you will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’ which will allow you to continue to live and work in the UK. Once you have been in the UK for 5 years, you will then be able to apply for settled status.
For more information about the criteria and the documents that you need to provide, please see the government website.
Can my dependants apply for settled status at the same time as me?
Yes, you can apply for your dependants at the same time as yourself, however you should apply first because then you will receive an application number which your dependants can use to link to your application.
How much will the application cost?
It is free to apply.
I am having difficulty submitting my application; where can I go to get help?
The Home Office have published leaflets, posters and briefing packs to help explain more about the EU Settlement Scheme, how to apply and the definitions of the key terms.
An EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre has been established to help anyone who is having difficulties completing the application form, or has queries about how to submit their application. The Government have been very clear that their overall aim is to grant rather than refuse and they want to help make the process as easy as possible by providing support for people to complete their applications smoothly.
You can telephone them on 0300 123 7379 or by asking a question using their online submission form.
English is not my first language - are the materials available in other languages?
The Home Office have now translated their materials into other languages, including German, French, Spanish, Polish and Romanian.
I am a EU / Switzerland / Iceland / Lichtenstein / Norway national and hold a British passport - do I need to apply for settled status?
If you are a EU / Switzerland / Iceland / Lichtenstein / Norway national and also hold a British passport, you will not have to apply for settled status. Otherwise, yes, you will need to apply and you will be able to submit an application now that the scheme is fully open.
I have a Permanent Residence document which allows me to stay in the UK on a permanent basis - do I still need to apply for settled status?
Yes, you will still need to apply for settled status in order to continue to have the same rights and receive access to the same services that you do currently.
I have a Registration Document - will I need to apply for pre-settled status?
Yes, you will still need to apply for pre-settled status in order to continue to have the same rights and receive access to the same services that you do currently.
I’m an Irish national, do I need to apply for settled status?
As an Irish national you do not need to apply for settled status. However, you will need to apply for it if you either wish to become a British citizen, or you wish to bring non-EEA dependant family members to the UK with you in the future.