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Kent and Brexit: Advice for students

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we endeavour to continue to provide support and guidance to our students. This page will continue to be updated with the latest information as more details become available.

***Update 28 May 2019***

On 28 May 2019, England became the second UK country to confirm its student finance position for EU nationals choosing to commence study in 2020/21. In a published statement, England confirmed that:

"EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England [...] EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not."

The full statement can be found here.

 

***Update 12 April 2019***

At a summit on Thursday 10 April, the European Union and UK Government have agreed to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 October 2019. This means that the UK will remain part of the EU until that date, unless the Government is able to secure a deal beforehand.

The University's Brexit Working Group, led by Jeremy Carrette, Dean for Europe, has been meeting for a number of months to prepare for Brexit, prioritising our response in the event of 'No Deal' with the EU. This group will continue to work on the various possible outcomes to ensure that – whatever happens – we are well prepared and are doing all we can to minimise disruption. This will include long-term planning for Brexit to ensure continuity of relationships across Europe for teaching and research. We will continue to update our students as the situation unfolds. If you have any further questions about what this could mean for you, please contact: studentEUqueries@kent.ac.uk

 

***Update 10 April 2019***

The EU Settlement Scheme is now officially open and students are eligible to apply. This means that the rights you currently have are protected – so you can continue to live your lives as you do now. If you have been a resident for less than five years, you are eligible to apply for pre-settled status, and then you will be able to apply for settled status once you reach the five-year point. Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is completely free, and the Home Office’s aim is to make it as simple and straightforward as possible. All you need to do is complete a three-step application with a laptop, tablet or mobile device to prove your identity, confirm you live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

The UK wants everyone to get the status they are eligible to receive. You are not required to apply immediately; there will be no change to your current rights until the end of the implementation period on 31 December 2020, and the deadline for applications to the scheme by those resident here by the end of 2020 is 30 June 2021. The Government has released full guidance and comprehensive step-by-step information. This is also available in 26 different languages.

If you have any difficulty during the application process, please email studentEUqueries@kent.ac.uk and we will ensure you receive the support you need.

 

Prospective students and applicants

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

"I plan to start at Kent in the academic year 2019/20"

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

Fees and Funding

The funding bodies in England, Scotland and Wales have all given some assurances to EU nationals about continuing eligibility for loans and grants. Read further information here: Government Student Support that has been guaranteed.

Immigration

The UK government has said that EU citizens, non-EU EEA (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) citizens and Swiss citizens can continue to enter the UK after Brexit (in a deal or no-deal scenario) using a valid passport or national identity card (although non-EU EEA citizens will not be able to use a national identity card in a 'no-deal' scenario). You will be able to use ePassport gates where these are available at the airport and where your passport has a ‘chip’ and you are 12 years old or over. Eligible family members of EU/ EEA/Swiss citizens who are not themselves EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to obtain a family permit before entering the UK. If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members already in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and those who come to the UK during the transitional/ implementation period can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to do this if you wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. 

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK the day after the UK leaves the EU.

NOTE The scheme will also be available to those who were resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and who meet the eligibility criteria, but who are temporarily absent from the UK when the UK leaves the EU for a period and/or reason described under the definition of ‘continuous qualifying period’ in Annex 1- Definitions.

"I plan to start at Kent in the academic year 2020/21 and beyond"

Fees and Funding

***Update 28 May 2019***

On 28 May 2019, England became the second UK country to confirm its student finance position for EU nationals choosing to commence study in 2020/21. In a published statement, England confirmed that:

"EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England [...] EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not."

The full statement can be found here.

Immigration

If the Withdrawal Agreement is agreed, EEA nationals and their eligible family members can still come to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period (currently 31 December 2020, but this date could be extended). They can apply for immigration permission in the UK under a scheme designed by the UK government known as the EU Settlement Scheme. They will need to do this if they wish to remain in the UK after the end of the transitional / implementation period, or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration Rules. Those arriving from 1 January 2021 will need to apply for immigration permission to come to the UK under a category of the immigration Rules which are in place at that time.

If an agreement between the UK and the EU is not reached, the settlement scheme will operate in much more restricted capacity, and there will be separate provisions for those coming to the UK after the UK leaves the EU

European centres

Students studying for postgraduate degrees at our European Centres will continue to be able to receive appropriate Schengen visas, either through our own legal registration or through our partners.  All degrees delivered at the centres will continue to be fully accredited in the United Kingdom.

 

Current EU students

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019 - we will update this page as further information becomes available

How will Brexit affect my status as a non-UK/ EEA (and Swiss citizens) student?

As a current student you will be able to live and study in the UK after the UK leaves the EU. The EU Settlement Scheme is now officially open and students are eligible to apply. This means that the rights you currently have are protected – so you can continue to live your lives as you do now. If you have been a resident for less than five years, you are eligible to apply for pre-settled status, and then you will be able to apply for settled status once you reach the five-year point. Applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is completely free, and the Home Office’s aim is to make it as simple and straightforward as possible. All you need to do is complete a three-step application with a laptop, tablet or mobile device to prove your identity, confirm you live in the UK and declare any criminal convictions.

The guide to completing your application is available in 26 different languages.

Will my fees change as a result of Brexit?

If an agreement is reached, UK government have confirmed that EU students who began their degrees in or before the academic year 2019-20 will still be eligible for home student fees and financial support, and nothing will change throughout their entire degree. If the UK leaves without a deal, UK government has confirmed that this will be the case in England and Scotland.

Will I be able to stay in the UK after my degree?

If an agreement is reached, any student arriving in the UK before January 2021 will be able to apply for ‘pre-settled status’. This will allow you to stay in the UK for five years and then apply for ‘settled status’. Once you have settled status, you’ll be able to remain in the UK indefinitely. If you have already been in the country for five years you can apply for settled status straight away.Once you are in the UK, you can apply for pre-settled status or settled status for free from 30 March 2019. If you are starting study from January 2021, you will need a visa to stay in the country.

If the UK leaves without a deal, if you arrive in the UK during the transition period, and have applied for European Temporary Leave to Remain, you will need to apply for a visa after three years when your Leave to Remain expires.

Can I still apply for research council funding for my PhD?

Yes, currently EU students remain eligible to apply for UKRI-funded PhD scholarships starting in the academic year 2019/20 and UK universities are seeking confirmation that this will be the case under any Brexit scenario. For more information about PhD scholarships, please visit ukri.org/skills/research-careers.

For further information see:

UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

Brexit FAQs for EU Students - Universities UK

Kent Union: Brexit - What does it mean for EU students?

 

Erasmus+ programme

Information accurate as of 25 April 2019

Kent students currently on an Erasmus placement in Europe 2018/19

You will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as planned until the end of the academic year 2018/19. Any Erasmus+ grant you are eligible for will also be unaffected.

Students from other European universities currently on an Erasmus placement at Kent 2018/19

You will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as planned until the end of the academic year 2018/19.

Kent students preparing to carry out an Erasmus placement in 2019/20

For the academic year 2019/20 and beyond, the precise position of the UK within Erasmus+ in a “no-deal” scenario is still to emerge. However, the UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. We are closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and are maintaining regular contact with our National Agency (British Council). We are anticipating further guidance will be issued via the National Agency in the coming days and weeks.

Students from other European universities preparing to carry out an Erasmus placement at Kent in 2019/20

For the academic year 2019/20 and beyond, the precise position of the UK within Erasmus+ in a “no-deal” scenario is still to emerge. However, the UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. We are closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and are maintaining regular contact with our National Agency (British Council). We are anticipating further guidance will be issued via the National Agency in the coming days and weeks.

All students

As an institution we seek to ensure the continuation of our rich partnerships across Europe and enormously value the exchanges we have with many universities. We look forward to continuing this cooperation in the future and finding solutions to any challenges ahead. Furthermore, we are in discussions with our European partner universities regarding the continuation of our student exchanges through the establishment of bilateral student exchanges in the event that the UK is no longer permitted to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme. We will of course update you as soon as further information is available.

If you have any questions, please email our Erasmus team: erasmus@kent.ac.uk

Support and guidance

Kent Union (Canterbury): Visit 'Advice for EU students' or email advice@kent.ac.uk for immigration advice and support

GK Unions (Medway): Email advice@gkunions.co.uk for immigration advice and support

Student Support and Wellbeing: Visit the webpage for information and advice relating to your personal wellbeing

Erasmus: erasmus@kent.ac.uk

All other enquiries: Please email studentEUqueries@kent.ac.uk

Travel information

Visit our travel webpage for travel advice.

If you have difficulty at the border and need to confirm your attendance at the University, please call:

9-5pm: Student Immigration & Compliance Team, 01227 816478

Out of hours: Campus Security, 01227 823300

 

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Last Updated: 31/05/2019