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Brexit advice for staff living and working in the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Advice on what staff need to do to secure their rights after Brexit.

UK citizens

Up until 31st December 2020 (the end of the transition period), you can continue to live, work and study in the EU broadly as you did before 31st January 2020.

It is important that you follow the UK Government guidance for your country of residence including actions you need to take to secure your rights. Before the end of the transition period, as a member of staff living and working in the EU, you should:

  • register as a resident
  • register for healthcare as a resident
  • check your passport is valid for travel
  • exchange your UK driving licence (if applicable)
  • stay up to date on Brexit – sign-up for email alerts and follow the British Embassy in your country of residence

The UK Government guidance also covers other things that you will need to consider such as residency for family members, tax payments, pensions and benefits (in the UK and EU) and so forth.

If you currently live in the EU and want to move to a different EU country, you will also be able to continue to do so until the end of the transition period. You will have until at least 30th June 2021 to apply for a residence status in that country, if you need to.

The rights enjoyed by UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area will not be affected by Brexit. View the Common Travel Area guidance for more information.

There will be no changes to the rules on travel in the EU, EEA or Switzerland until 31st December 2020.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens

What you will need to enter the UK will not change until 1st January 2021. You are still able to enter the UK as you do now and live, work and study here up until 31st December 2020.

Irish citizens will be able to enter, work and study in the UK without a visa as they can now.

EU, EEA or Swiss staff who have commenced employment outside of the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic and whose normal work location is the University of Bath in the UK must start living in the UK prior to 1st January 2021 or they will require a visa to work at the University and be required to pay for the cost of this and the Immigration Health Surcharge.

This requirement will not apply to EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who have already secured pre-settled or settled status or who are already resident in the UK by 31st December 2020 and plan to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme by 30th June 2021.

EU, EEA or Swiss staff that were resident in the UK before the Covid-19 pandemic, but have been working remotely outside the UK during the pandemic should apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as possible and by 30th June 2021. Home Office guidance on applying from outside of the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website.

It is important that you understand the implications for settlement if your 'continuous qualifying period of residence' in the UK is broken due to absence e.g. by being outside the UK for more than six months in any 12-month period or for over 12 months even if it was for an 'important reason'. It is therefore advised that you read the GOV.UK guidance as it is not clear, as yet, what absences related to Covid-19 will be accepted as an 'important reason' under the scheme.

In other cases, find out if you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

For more information on visiting the UK after Brexit, please follow the UK Government guidance.