Brexit

Brexit

BREXIT information for University of Worcester employees

The University of Worcester’s community includes approximately 60 staff from non-UK countries in the European Union. The diversity of our staff is welcomed and valued and we recognise the benefits that come from a workforce of many nationalities.
 
A withdrawal agreement has been agreed in principle with the EU, however, both the UK and the EU need to approve and sign the withdrawal agreement.  If the UK and EU approve and sign the withdrawal agreement they will then start to negotiate new arrangements and there will be a transition period to prepare for new rules.

If the withdrawal agreement is not approved by 31st January 2020, or at the end of a transition period, the UK could still leave without a deal.

At this stage (January 2020) the advice from the UK government for EU nationals employed in the UK is as follows:

EU nationals currently living and working in the UK

  • The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK.  It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.  These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein (EEA) and Switzerland will need to apply to continue living in the UK after 30th June 2021.  They can then continue to live in the UK as they do now.

  • If you are an EEA or Swiss national you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, free of charge, to enable you to continue to live in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.  Depending on how long you have been living in the UK you will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status.  This will enable you to continue to be eligible for public services such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions.

  • You may be able to stay in the UK without applying, for example, if you are an Irish citizen or have Indefinite Leave to Remain status.

  • To check whether you need to apply for settled status and for further details on how to apply please visit: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families.

  • Please note that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal you will only be able to apply for settled status if you’re living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU.

Moving to the UK after BREXIT – if the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement

  • You will be able to live work and study in the UK as you do now until December 2020 if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

  • European temporary leave to remain (Euro TLR) is a temporary UK immigration status that will allow EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after BREXIT to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 31st December 2020. 

  • To stay in the UK after 31st December 2020 you will need to apply for Euro TLR.  The application scheme for Euro TLR will open if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement and deadlines for applications will be 31st December 2020.

  • Irish citizens are not eligible to apply for Euro TLR as their status in the UK is already protected.  They will continue to have the right to enter, live and work in the UK under common travel area arrangements.

  • Details of the Euro TLR can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/european-temporary-leave-to-remain-in-the-uk

Driving in the UK for EU nationals

 
UK nationals who need to visit the EU after the UK leaves the EU

  • Until there is clarity on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU it is not possible to be specific, however, the Government does offer advice on visiting Europe after Brexit here: https://www.gov.uk/visit-europe-brexit.  Before you travel you are advised to check your passport and ensure that you have sufficient healthcare cover and the relevant driving documentation.
We appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty and we will continue to provide updates as and when further information is available. 

In addition to the above links the Government has a simple online tool to help people understand what the implications of the UK leaving the EU might be https://www.gov.uk/brexit

If you have particular concerns please contact:
Please note that whilst we will be able to signpost you to relevant information we are not able to provide personalised immigration advice.  You can sign up for email updates about the status of EU citizens living in the UK here.