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How Brexit may affect prospective and current EU staff at the University of Bath

The support we are offering to prospective and current EU staff and how they may be affected by Britain leaving the EU. Updated 17 April 2019

The UK’s vote to leave the EU and the questions it raises

Our University is proud to welcome over 100 nationalities amongst its staff and students.

The vote to leave the EU clearly poses significant challenges for us as a university. It creates uncertainty and leaves many unanswered questions.

Because of the result of the referendum, you may have important questions that need urgent answers. We will aim to answer them as we find out further information.

If you are an EU national currently living and working here

On 29 March 2017, the Government triggered Article 50, which began the formal process for the UK to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. This date has since been extended until 31 October 2019, with the option of leaving sooner if the government can agree a deal in Parliament.

In December 2017, the UK reached an agreement with the European Commission on citizens’ rights to secure the status of UK nationals living in other member states and EU citizens living in the UK after it exits the EU.

On 21 June 2018, a Statement of Intent on the EU Settlement Scheme was published by the Home Office. This Statement highlights the agreement reached with the EU guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and of UK nationals living in the EU.

EU citizens living in the UK, along with their family members, will be able to stay and continue their lives, with the same access to work, study, benefits and public services that they enjoy now. Existing close family members living overseas will be able to join them here in future.

If you are a EU citizen in the UK, we strongly encourage you to sign-up for email updates from the Government.

EU Settlement Scheme

We have produced a full guide to the EU Settlement Scheme and how you can apply.

Citizens of Ireland

Brexit will not change the status of Irish nationals and they will not need to apply for pre-settled or settled status. Irish people are automatically deemed to hold settled status in the UK, so they are not required to do anything in preparation for Brexit. However, Irish people can continue to apply for British citizenship if they meet the requirements. In particular, they must not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the five year period before they apply, or 90 days in the year immediately before the application.

'No deal' scenario

The UK government is negotiating the terms of ‘Brexit’ with the EU but even in the event of leaving with ‘no deal’ both sides have stated that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK will be respected.

In a policy paper released on 6 December 2018 the government has confirmed that even in a 'no deal' scenario the EU Settlement Scheme will continue to run for those already in the UK.

The main points in relation to a ‘no deal’ scenario are:

  • The EU Settlement Scheme will continue to run for those resident in the UK by 31 October 2019;
  • The EU Settlement Scheme will run until 31 December 2020, instead of 30 June 2021;
  • The Home Office will continue to look to grant, rather than refuse, status and the more generous EU Settlement Scheme requirements will remain with, for example, comprehensive sickness insurance still not being required;
  • Existing close family members (children, spouses and partners, parents and grandparents) of those resident in the UK by 31 October 2019, where the relationship existed by this date, and children born after this date, will still be able to join them in the UK;
  • As a result, EU nationals and their family members resident in the UK by 31 October 2019 will still be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK;

Agreements between the UK and Switzerland (on 20 December 2018), and between the UK and the EEA EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, & Norway) (on 8 February 2019), have now confirmed that the rights of EEA and Swiss nationals living in the UK will be protected in the same way whether a deal is reached or not.

European Temporary Leave to Remain

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, European Temporary Leave to Remain will allow EU nationals arriving in the UK for the very first time after 31 October 2019 to live, work and study in the UK.

You will need to apply if you:

  • are an EU national (with the exception of Irish nationals); and
  • arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU; and
  • want to stay in the UK for more than three months.

EU nationals who are granted European Temporary Leave to Remain will be able to stay in the UK for 36 months from the date of their application. European Temporary Leave to Remain will be a temporary, non-extendable immigration status.

After 36 months, EU nationals would be required to apply for an immigration status under the new immigration system, which will come into effect from 1 January 2021.

No further details are currently available on the application process for Temporary Leave to Remain. Further details will be published once information is provided by the government.

This status will only be introduced in the event of a no deal.

Healthcare for EU citizens living in the UK in the case of 'No Deal' scenario

The UK government (the Department of Health and Social Care) has published guidance pages for EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK about accessing healthcare in the UK in the event of a ‘no deal’ situation.

The government has confirmed that if there is no deal, it will protect the rights of citizens from EU member states, who are living lawfully in the UK on exit day, and this includes their entitlements to NHS cover.

Under this agreements, if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national living lawfully in the UK on exit day, you will be able to use the NHS as you do now.

Support for our EU and other international staff

We remain committed to being a truly international centre of excellence and want to reassure you that our international outlook, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of our research and teaching have not changed.

Independent immigration advice

If you would like independent advice on your immigration situation, GOV.UK provides information on how to find an immigration adviser in your local area. These are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

Interest-Free Loan Scheme for Home Office Application Fees and Related Legal Costs

The University has an Interest-Free Loan Scheme in place for employees and their dependants to help with the costs associated with Home Office application fees and related legal advice regarding securing a legal right to live and work in the UK. Our detailed guide has more information.

Your pension

There is no immediate change to your pension as a result of the decision to leave the EU, however, all pension schemes are impacted by the wider economy. Therefore the economic impact of the referendum decision may be reflected in pension scheme decisions in the future, though it is too early to say what the effect might be.

Please read the USS and LGPS websites for information. You may also receive information directly about your pension scheme, including any updates, by letter or email.

EU funded projects

The UK’s status as a full participating member of the Horizon 2020 programme has not changed as a result of the referendum vote. Existing project grants and contracts will be honoured unless announced otherwise. Universities UK (UUK), the UK Research Office and the European Commission have told institutions that detailed advice on prospective and currently negotiated projects will be circulated as soon as is possible.

UUK will continue to update their website with information about Brexit and we advise you to check regularly for updates.

If you are an EU or other national who wants to work at Bath

We value all our staff and their contribution to the University and recognise how important it is that we remain thoroughly international in our outlook.

There are no immediate changes to the UK’s immigration policies and the free movement of people and services will continue while the UK remains a member of the EU.

If you have been offered a job here and have any concerns about accepting it, please contact us at jobs@bath.ac.uk