EU Referendum Outcome - Information for Staff


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


The EU settlement scheme allows any EU citizen and their family members to apply for settled or pre-settled status.  The scheme is also available to other EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members.  There is no 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;
  • Close family members who are not living in the UK by 31 December 2020 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 and will need to have been living in the UK prior to 31 January 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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