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Current students

This information is for non-UK EU, EEA and Swiss students currently studying at Cardiff University.

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

We use the phrase 'no deal' to describe the scenario where the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Tuition fee funding

If you are a current non-UK EU student, you will continue to be able to access funding under existing eligibility criteria for the duration of your studies.

Immigration status

According to the latest British Government policy paper (dated 4/9/19), non-UK EU, EEA and Swiss students already in the UK by the date of a no deal Brexit will have no change to their immigration status until 31 December 2020. This includes existing rights to travel out of the UK such as to return home for visits.

To protect your existing rights, you may wish to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement scheme. This is recommended even if you are not yet sure that you will stay in the UK post-study.

This is especially important If you are partway through your course, and your course and/or residence in the UK is likely to extend beyond December 2020. Otherwise, you will need to apply for leave under whatever immigration rules are in place at the time.

You can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme any time before 31 December 2020; however, you will have to be able to evidence that you were in the UK before the no deal Brexit date. You can find further information about applying for the EU Settlement Scheme on the student intranet.

Leaving and entering the UK

Although the Department for Exiting the European Union has confirmed that you can continue to use your national ID card to enter and leave the UK, it may be advisable to carry both your ID card and passport, if you have one. You will be able to use e-gates if you are travelling on a biometric passport. We strongly recommend you carry with you your proof of enrolment letter to confirm the details of your course at Cardiff University. Sign into your SIMS online account for a copy of your enrolment letter.

The clearest way to prove that you were in the UK before the date of a no deal Brexit is by applying for pre-settled or settled status under the Government's EU Settlement Scheme.

We will provide further information as the guidance is updated. In the meantime, you are advised to keep up-to-date with official immigration advice.

Interruption of study

If you are a current non-UK EU student on an interruption of study due to re-enter the UK after the date of a no deal Brexit and before 31 December 2020, you should be able to re-enter as usual.

You may wish to apply for pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and we would in any event advise that you carry with you your proof of enrolment letter to confirm the details of your course at Cardiff University. Sign in to your SIMS online account for a copy of your enrolment letter.

Once back in the UK, you are advised to check this page again, in case there is any further action you need to take.

If you are re-entering after 31 December 2020, in the event of a no deal your rights as an non-UK EU citizen in the UK may change and you may be treated as a third-party national, subject to the non-EEA immigration rules and requirements then in force, unless you have applied for settled or pre-settled status by then.

Exam resits

If you need to resit an exam next year and are classed as an external student, since you are currently in the UK you can remain in the country after the date of a no deal Brexit in order to resit your exam.

If you decide to leave the UK before the date of a no deal Brexit and subsequently re-enter the country before 31 December 2020 in order to resit an exam the UK Government has confirmed that, in the event of a no deal, non-UK EU citizens wishing to visit, work or study in the UK for up to three months can do so without applying for any immigration permission. Irish nationals are not affected by this arrangement.

If you are re-entering after 31 December 2020, in the event of a no deal your rights as a non-UK EU citizen in the UK may change and you may be treated as a third-party national, subject to the non-EEA immigration rules and requirements then in force, unless you have applied for settled or pre-settled status by then.

Visa requirements for attending graduation

You and/or your family will not require visas to attend your graduation ceremony. The UK Government has confirmed that, in the event of a no deal, non-UK EU students and any non-UK EU family members wishing to visit the UK for up to three months can do so without applying for any immigration permission.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as soon as they become available.

EU migrant worker funding

If you are a current non-UK EU student who is being assessed by Student Finance as a non-UK EU migrant worker, then we believe that you will continue to be able to access funding under existing eligibility criteria. We will update you as soon as we have further information.

Working in the UK after graduation

The UK Government has confirmed that, in the event of a no deal, non-UK EU students currently in the UK after the date of a no deal Brexit will be able to remain in the country and will continue to enjoy any existing entitlements to work in the UK until 31 December 2020. Before that date, you may wish to apply for settled or pre-settled status under the European Settlement Scheme.

New immigration rules will take effect in 2021. Information about these rules have not yet been published.

Tuition fee funding

If you are a current non-UK EU student, you will continue to be able to access funding under existing eligibility criteria.

Interruption of study

If you are an non-UK EU student on an interruption of study due to re-enter the UK after the EU exit date, then under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, you will be able to continue your studies with us provided you make an application under a new ‘Settlement Status’ scheme if your course extends beyond 31 December 2020 (you will have until June 2021 to apply under this Scheme).

Despite this, we would advise that you carry with you your proof of enrolment letter to confirm the details of your course at Cardiff University. Sign in to your SIMS online account for a copy of your enrolment letter.

Immigration status

In the event that a deal is reached between the UK and the EU, there will be no change to the immigration status of non-UK EU students who are already here or who arrive before the end of the government's Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020.

If you are partway through your course, you may need to regularise your immigration status if your course and/or residence in the UK is likely to extend beyond December 2020.

Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, you will be able to continue your studies with us, including any post-study work, beyond the non-UK EU exit date under a new ‘Settlement Status’ scheme. This is also available for eligible family members. We will provide further information about remaining in the UK longer-term, under this Scheme.

In the meantime, you are advised to keep up-to-date with official immigration advice.

Visa requirements for attending graduation

You and/or your family will not require visas to attend your graduation ceremony if it takes place before 31 December 2020.  Under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, non-UK EU students and any non-UK EU family members wishing to visit the UK may do so without applying for any immigration permission.

From 2021 the UK’s new immigration rules will apply but are not yet finalised.

Exam resits

If you need to resit an exam next year and are classed as an external student, since you are currently in the UK, you can remain in the country after the EU exit date in order to resit your exam.

If you decide to leave the UK before the EU exit date and subsequently re-enter the country in order to resit an exam, under the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement, non-UK EU students and any non-UK EU family members wishing to visit the UK can do so without applying for any immigration permission.

EU migrant worker funding

If you are a current non-UK EU student who is being assessed by Student Finance as a non-UK EU migrant worker, then we believe that you will continue to be able to access funding under existing eligibility criteria. We will update you as soon as we have further information.

Working in the UK after graduation

New immigration rules will be implemented in 2021 which will set out the requirements you need to meet to work in the UK from that date onward. The Government has not yet published these rules.

Until this point, non-UK EU students currently in the UK before the EU exit date will be able to remain in the country and will continue to enjoy any existing entitlements to work in the UK.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us for further advice.

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