Brexit Frequently Asked Questions

   
   

These pages will be updated as more detail emerges over the coming days and weeks.


If you are applying to work with The University of Nottingham in the UK

I am an EU/EEA national living outside the UK and I am interested in/ due to take up a post with the University after the UK exits the EU, can I still do so if the UK leaves the EU with/without a deal?

Yes.

In the event of the UK exiting the EU with a deal there will be a transition period until 31 December 2020 where all EU law continues to apply to the UK, even though the UK will have ceased to be an EU member state. You will need to be living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and you will need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. More information on settled status is available on the  Gov.uk. If you arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021, you will be subject to the UK’s future immigration system.

In the event of a no deal exit from the EU, free movement is likely to cease on the date that the UK exits the EU. If you are resident in the UK by this date then you will be able to apply for Settled or Pre-Settled status and will be required to register by the 31 December 2020 in the event of no deal. There will be an interim period after the leave date until 31 December 2020 where EU citizens can continue to come to the UK for short term stays under the same terms as today. To stay for longer than three months, you will need to apply for  European Temporary Leave to Remain status which will allow you to live, work and study in the UK for three more years after date of application.

If you wish to stay in the UK after those three years, you will need to apply for an immigration status under the UK’s future immigration system. If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 you will be subject to the UK’s future immigration system.

 

If you are already working with The University of Nottingham in the UK

I am originally from an EU country and currently live and work in the UK, can I continue to live and work in the UK after the UK exits the EU?

Yes. As an EU national resident in the UK before the UK exits the EU, you will be able to continue living and working in the UK as you do now. However, you will need to obtain evidence of your right to stay by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. If the UK exits the EU with a deal, you’ll need to apply by 30 June 2021, however, if there is a no deal exit from the EU, you’ll need to apply by 31 December 2020. You can find out more about the scheme and how to apply on the Government’s dedicated web site.

 

I am from an EEA country (ie Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) can I continue to live and work in the UK after the UK exits the EU?

Yes. The UK has reached separate agreements with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, which confirms that if you are residing in the UK before the UK exits the EU, your rights will be protected in the same way as EU citizens, whether there is a deal or a no deal exit from the EU.

 

I am a non-EU/EEA national, but I am a family member of an EU/EEA national. Will I be able to live and work in the UK in the event of a deal/no deal?

Yes.

In the event of the UK exiting the EU with a deal, there will be a transition period until 31 December 2020 where all EU law continues to apply to the UK, even though the UK will have ceased to be an EU member state. You will need to be living in the UK by 31 December 2020 and you will need to apply for settled status before 30 June 2021. More information on settled status is available on the Gov.uk web site. If you arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021, you will be subject to the UK’s future immigration system.

In the event of a no deal exit from the EU, free movement is likely to cease when the UK exits the EU. If you are resident in the UK by this time, you will be able to apply for Settled or Pre-Settled status and will be required to register by the 31 December 2020 in the event of no deal. There will be an interim period after the UK exits the EU until 31 December 2020 where EU citizens can continue to come to the UK for short-term stays under the same terms as today. To stay for longer than three months, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain status which will allow you to live, work and study in the UK for three more years after date of application.

If you wish to stay in the UK after those three years, you will need to apply for an immigration status under the UK’s future immigration system. If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 will be subject to the UK’s future immigration system.

 

Do I have to do anything before the UK exits the EU to secure my right to live and work in the UK?

No. You can decide to wait until after this date, but if there is a no deal exit from the EU, you’ll need to apply by 31 December 2020. However, if the UK exits the EU with a deal, you’ll need to apply by 30 June 2021.

 

I am from the Republic of Ireland, what do I need to do secure my right to live and work in the UK?

If you are an Irish citizen who wishes to stay living/ working in the UK, you do not need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Your rights to live, work and access public services in the UK are protected under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If a withdrawal agreement is not agreed, these rights will still be protected. However, even though you do not need to apply to the scheme yourself, accompanying family members from outside of the UK and Ireland will need to apply.

 

How does Brexit affect my employment status?

Your employment status will not change as a result of Brexit, whether there is a deal or not. The ability to remain employed by the University of Nottingham (and paid as normal) is dependent (for all staff) on their right to work in the UK. If Britain leaves the EU without a deal then free movement is likely to cease on the date the UK exits the EU. EU/EEA nationals and their family members who are resident in the UK by this date will be able to apply for Settled or Pre-Settled status and will be required to register by the 31 December 2020 in the event of no deal. If your applications are successful, this should secure your UK immigration status to continue to work in the UK and for you and any of your dependants who also secure settled status to remain in the UK.

 

I am an EU/EEA national working for the University, can I still apply for other jobs at the University after the UK exits the EU?

Yes. You are able to apply for other positions at the University without restriction.

 

What is European Temporary Leave to Remain and who needs to apply for it?

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 the UK exits the EU, to 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 3 years from the date of their application. European Temporary Leave to Remain will be a temporary, non-extendable immigration status. After 3 years, 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.

 

Will a no deal Brexit affect travel/flights?

Please check with your airline/ travel agent regarding any impact of travel arrangements. More information can be found on the UK Government  web site.

 

Should I cancel/defer my travel plans?

Please check with your airline/ travel agent regarding any impact of travel arrangements. Please refer to this web page for updates and keep up-to-date with updates provided by the UK Government on their web site.

 
What support is available for staff concerned about potential impacts?

If you have any queries about the potential brexit implications as either an UK national or a non-UK EU national please email:  hrbrexitadvice@nottingham.ac.uk.

 
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