EU Referendum Outcome - Information for Staff

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Strathclyde is well-recognised for its global outlook and the diverse, international make up of our student and staff communities.

Throughout the Brexit transition, our focus will be on ensuring that we continue to offer an environment that is international in outlook, well-funded, and an attractive destination for talented staff from across Europe and beyond.  All of our staff are very important to us and we look forward to welcoming many more from across the globe in the future.


EU Settlement Scheme - Home Office Pilot for University Staff (now closed)


Prior to the full launch of the EU Settlement Scheme, the Home Office ran a closed pilot in November and December 2018 allowing EU staff at UK Universities to apply early to protect their rights to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020. This pilot was not open to family members of University Staff and is now closed.  A number of University of Strathclyde staff successfully participated in this pilot and have received confirmation of their settled status.


EU Settlement Scheme - Public Test Phase (launched 21 January 2019)


The UK Government has announced that a new public test phase of the settlement scheme is now open. This allows any EU citizens with a valid passport to apply for settled or pre-settled status.

As such, EU students and family members of University staff will also be able to apply for settled status during this test phase, which they were not able to do during the previous pilot phases.

To apply during the public test phase test phase. You need to be either:

  • a resident EU citizen (but not a British citizen) with a valid EU passport

  • the non-EU citizen family member of an EU citizen, if you have a biometric residence card

Irish citizens do not need to apply but may do so if they wish.  Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland are not eligible to apply during this phase. They will be able to apply when the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019.

This new, wider test phase will again require applicants to prove their identity by using the EU Exit: Identity Document Check app, which is part of the integrated online application process.   As was the case with the previous pilot, the open test phase remains available only for use on Android mobile devices and it is not currently possible to complete this online or using Apple devices.  

The government announced on the 21 January 2019 that there will be no cost of applying through the Scheme when it fully opens on 30 March 2019. If you want to apply now the cost will be £65 (£32.50 if you’re applying for anyone under 16) and the Home Office will refund the fee at a later date.  The University had previously committed to pay the £65 but there is now no need for you to claim this back from the University given that the Home Office itself will be refunding it.  (The University will be contacting staff directly who have already reclaimed the £65 fee from the University.)

You are under no obligation to participate in this pilot and may choose to wait until the general launch of the Settlement Scheme which is due by 30 March 2019.

Individuals who choose to participate in the pilot to secure their Settled Status (who will be eligible if they have been EU citizens and resident in the UK for more than 5 continuous years) or Pre-settled Status (for EU citizens who have been resident for less than 5 years), will not need to apply again once the Settlement Scheme is fully rolled out.

Making an application during the pilot phase is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.  If you choose not to apply during the pilot phase, you will be able to apply once the scheme is fully open by 30 March 2019 and at any time up until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Further details on the current pilot and how to make an application are available from the links on the right of this page.


Earlier Staff Resources on Brexit


Briefing sessions for EU staff were held on 15 November 2018 on the initial pilot for University staff supported by a set of Pilot Scheme Briefing Slides.

Information sessions for staff were held and conducted by Thorntons Law in December 2016, together with individual one-to-one appointments with immigration solicitors for EEA staff to seek advice.  A full copy of the presentation slides have been made available to all attendees, entitled 'Brexit Implications for EEA Nationals'.

A further information session run by Thorntons Law took place in May 2018, supported by presentation slides entitled 'Brexit: Implications for EEA staff'.

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