Will I need a visa to study in the UK if I am an EU national?

The immigration status of EU students after the UK leaves the EU will depend on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the terms of the future relationship agreed between the UK and the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement then students who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will not need to apply for a study visa. Students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will instead need to apply under the Settlement Scheme and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021.

The Settlement Scheme will also be run in a 'no-deal' scenario for students who are resident in the UK on or before the date the UK leaves the EU. In this scenario, the deadline for applications under the Settlement Scheme will be 31 December 2020.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EU students who arrive in the UK after the date the UK leaves the EU will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain (ETLR) if they wish to remain in the UK for more than three months. ETLR will be granted for a three year period and cannot be extended. Following the expiry of ETLR, students will need to apply under the UK immigration rules in order to remain in the UK, including to continue with their studies. Full details of how this will work, including for students who will not have completed their course by the date their ETLR has expired, is not yet known.

The University of Birmingham is working across the UK Higher Education sector to urge Government to put in place measures to enable student mobility between the UK and EU to continue post-Brexit.

For more information about visas and immigration, visit the Government's immigration website.

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