I am a student from an EU member state and have just completed my studies. Will I be able to stay in the UK after graduation?
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 should be able to remain in the UK following completion of their studies.
Students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 will need to apply under the Settlement Scheme and the deadline for applications will be 30 June 2021. Students who have been continuously resident in the UK for five years will be eligible to apply for settled status, enabling them to stay in the UK indefinitely. Students who have not been continuously resident for five years will be eligible for pre-settled status, enabling them to remain in the UK until they reach the five year threshold. They can then apply for settled status where they have remained continuously resident in the UK for a five year period.
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.
Further details of how to apply under the Settlement Scheme can be found on the Government website. The Settlement Scheme is due to be fully rolled out by 30 March 2019.
In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, EU students who arrive in the UK between the date the UK leaves the EU and 31 December 2020 will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain (ETLR) if they wish to remain in the UK for more than three months. ETLTR 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, or who wish to commence work after the completion of their studies, is not yet known.