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Non-UK EU/EEA or Swiss national staff working in the UK

Information for non-UK EU/EEA or Swiss national staff working at Cardiff University.

The guidance will be reviewed regularly and updated as appropriate. You are advised to check this page regularly for further updates.

Non-UK EU/EEA or Swiss nationals and their close family members living in the UK before the date of a no deal Brexit will be able to remain in the UK and work, study and access benefits and services on broadly the same terms as now up until the end of 2020.

In this context, 'close family member' means:

  • a spouse
  • civil partner or unmarried partner
  • children (including dependent adult children)
  • dependent parents and other relatives.

Some family members may need to produce registration cards.

If you are a non-UK EU/EEA or Swiss national, you will need to apply to stay in the UK if you are planning to continue living in the UK after 2020. In a no-deal scenario, the EU Settlement Scheme would be open to those living in the UK by the date of a no deal Brexit. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves without a deal.

EU identity cards remain valid for travel to the UK as there will be no immediate change in either a deal or no deal scenario. Once the new immigration system is in place from 1 January 2021 there may be changes to your ability to use an ID card to enter the UK. More information will be published by the UK Government nearer the time.

If you’re a non-UK EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

It is now free to apply for this scheme.

EU identity cards remain valid for travel to the UK as there will be no immediate change in either a deal or no deal scenario. Once the new immigration system is in place from 1 January 2021 there may be changes to your ability to use an ID card to enter the UK.

More information will be published by the UK Government nearer the time. Staff can access more information about the EU Settlement Scheme on the staff intranet.

Those who do not need to apply for settlement

You do not need to apply if:

  • you're an Irish citizen (but your family members from outside either the UK or Ireland will still need to apply)
  • you have indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • you have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

You can apply if you already have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK, but you do not need to. Your family members from outside the UK or Ireland will still need to apply even if you do not need to.