Students Staff

The EU Settlement Scheme

EU, non-EU EEA and Swiss nationals

The UK will leave the EU on the 31 January 2020 and enter a transition period until 31 December 2020. Eligible nationals who enter the UK to study before the end of the transition period, 31 December 2020, can apply for settlement under the EU settlement scheme once they are living in the UK. This applies to European citizens, non-European EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and their eligible family members.

The deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme is the 30 June 2021 however, we recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid any potential problems proving your immigration status.

From 1 January 2021

The UK government intend to introduce a new UK immigration system from 1 January 2021 and have issued a white paper. The intention is to have one immigration system for all non-UK nationals.

Apply now for the EU Settlement Scheme – current Essex students

If you are a current EU student already living in the UK you can apply now for settlement.

If you have been living in the UK for 5 years or more you should receive settled status and if you have been here for less than 5 years, pre-settled status. You will need evidence of your immigration status for various reasons including to show that you have the right to study and work in the UK.

If you have a criminal record or any other concerns you may wish to consult an immigration lawyer before you apply.

To apply, you will need

  • An android phone or an iPhone 8 or above loaded with the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app
  • A valid passport (not an identity card), or; if you are a non-EU citizen who has a residence card or permanent residence card issued on the basis of an application you made on or after 6 April 2015.
  • National Insurance Number and/or Supporting Documents. If you have a NI number this will be all you need, unless you are granted pre-settled status and believe you are entitled to settled status because you’ve been in the UK for 5 years or more. There are many documents that can be accepted as proof of your status for instance, documents from Student Finance England about your tuition fee loan.

Confirmation of your studies

If you need a letter from the University showing your registered student status and course duration you can request a Certificate of Registration online and pick it up from your Student Services Hub.

If you’re a former Essex student you’ll need to request an Award Confirmation Letter online, there is a £5 charge for this.

How to Apply for a National Insurance Number

It’s free and straightforward to apply, you need to call the National Insurance number application line to apply for a NI number.

Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme

Home Office guidance

The Home Office has created an online tool to explain what you need to do and when. You can also sign up for regular email alerts.

We also recommend you read the following Home Office policy papers and guidance:

UKCISA guidance

If you are planning to come to the UK to study during the next three years, UKCISA has an advice page about UK immigration, your eligibility for home fee status, student support and more.

Immigration Advice

You can call the UKCISA student advice line open from 1pm to 4pm Monday to Friday. You can also find out more about the Settlement Scheme on the UKCISA website.

Sorry but our University advisers aren’t able to offer advice regarding applications for settlement in the UK.