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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 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.

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.

***Update 28 March 2019***

The Government has laid draft Regulations which, if passed, will change exit day from 11pm on 29 March 2019 to either 11 pm on 22nd May 2019 (if Parliament approves the Withdrawal Agreement by this Friday, 29th March) or 11pm on 12 April 2019 if an agreement is not reached.

The Home Office is aware that it needs to amend the definition of “specified date” in the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. The EU settlement, however, will still be opened up to all eligible applicants from 30 March.

Prospective students and applicants

Information accurate as of 7 February 2019, taken from the UK Council for International Student Affairs website

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

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.

If a final agreement is reached, EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens and their eligible family members already in the UK before 30 March 2019 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. 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. 

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 from 30 March 2019

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

There has, as yet, been no decision on either fee status or student support for those planning to arrive in the UK to study a further or higher education course in the academic year 2020/21. ​

If a final agreement is reached, 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). 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 from 30 March 2019

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 March 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.  If an agreement between the UK and the EU is reached before 29 March 2019, the UK will enter into a government proposed transition or implementation period from 30 March 2019 – 31 December 2020. During this period EU/EEA students will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status. If there is no deal (Government update as of 28 January 2019):

  • There will be a transition period where EU/EEA nationals will be able to come to the UK as they do now to visit, work or study;
  • To stay longer than three months, they will need to apply for permission and receive European Temporary Leave to remain, which is valid for a further three years;
  • Irish nationals are exempt under the Common Travel Area;
  • EU citizens wishing to stay for longer then three years will need to make a further application under the new skills-based immigration, which will begin in 2021.

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 any time after 30 March 2019 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 7 February 2019

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

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we would like to provide reassurance with regard to Kent students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement during this current academic year (2018/19). We can confirm that in a case of a “no-deal” outcome and subsequent departure of the UK from the EU on 29th March 2019, you will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as before that date, 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

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we would like to provide reassurance with regard to students undertaking an Erasmus+ placement at the University of Kent during this current academic year (2018/19). We can confirm that in a case of a “no-deal” outcome and subsequent departure of the UK from the EU on 29th March 2019, you will be able to complete your Erasmus+ placement on the same basis as before that date, 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: 12/04/2019