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 (now closed)


The UK Government ran a public test phase of the settlement scheme between 21 January and 29 March 2019. This allowed any EU citizens and family members with a valid passport to apply for settled or pre-settled status.


EU Settlement Scheme - Fully Open (launched 30 March 2019)


The EU settlement scheme has now been fully launched.  This allows any EU citizen and their family members to apply for settled or pre-settled status.  The scheme is now available to other EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members, who were unable to apply under the pilot and public test phase.  There is no longer a cost associated with applying. 

The following people can apply under the settlement scheme:

  • EU citizens and their non-EU family members, including those with permanent residence documents;
  • Citizens of Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland;  
  • Irish citizens do not need to apply, but can if they wish. There are separate arrangements for Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area. Non-Irish non UK family members will need to apply;
  • Non-EU family members will be able to apply to the Settlement Scheme as long as they can show that they have been resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by the date the UK leaves the EU if there is no deal);
  • Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by the date the UK leaves the EU if there is no deal) will be able to join EU citizens in the UK in the future.  They will need to show that they have a relationship with the EU citizen and that it still exists when they apply to come to the UK.

EU citizens with indefinite leave to remain or enter the UK will not need to apply.

There are three parts to the application:

  1. Identity – you can verify your identity by scanning your biometric passport, national ID card or resident card 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 and the open test phase, the app remains available only for use on Android mobile devices and it is not currently possible to complete this online or using Apple devices.  HR have an Android mobile available for use.  Please contact to arrange a suitable time to use the device.  Alternatively, you can visit one of the ID document scanner locations across Scotland. The nearest one to the University is the Registrars Office, Service Desk, Glasgow City Council, 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE.  There are also scanner locations in Cumnock, Edinburgh, Kilmarnock and Livingston.  You can also send your documents by post to the Home Office.
  2. Proof of residence – you will have to show that you have been resident in the UK.  NI numbers can be used for an automated check of government data.  If you do not have a NI number, you will need to show other proof of residence. 
  3. Criminality – you will have to declare any criminal history in the UK or overseas as part of your application.  The UK government has said that only serious or persistent criminality will affect applications.   

You will have until 30 June 2021 to apply if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.  If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will need to be living in the UK before it leaves to apply.  The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.


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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