Brexit: EU, EEA and Swiss Students

EU settlement scheme

The EU settlement scheme was rolled out to the public on a test phase on the 21 January 2019 and is open to most students.  

You can apply for settled or pre-settled status under the scheme. Information about the scheme including details of who can apply can be found on the Home Office website.

 You will be eligible to apply if you are either:

  • an EU national with a valid passport (not identity card), or

  • 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

You will need to provide evidence of your residence in the UK if you apply now. A permanent residence document meets the requirements or if you have a National Insurance number your work records will be accessed as part of the application. Other types of acceptable evidence.

The EU settlement scheme will open to all including EEA and Swiss nationals from the 30 March 2019.

UKCISA have provided comprehensive guidance on the scheme: Brexit - EU Settlement Scheme

Including information about whether the UK leaves the EU with a deal or if no deal is reached.  

Do I need to submit an application now?

You do not need to submit an application at present under the pilot testing phase, but you can do so if you wish. We want you to know the options available so you can make a decision based on your personal circumstances.

If you are planning to apply using the Settlement Scheme, the best advice you can receive now is to start preparing your evidence of eligibility as outlined in Appendix A of the following document: EU settlement Scheme 

Drop in sessions

We know that many of you may be feeling uncertain in this time of change and we want to reassure you that you are all valued members of the University of Plymouth and we are here to support you.

The University is running a series of Brexit drop-in sessions to meet with you and discuss your questions or concerns. The information is changing regularly whilst the Government negotiation continues so if there are questions we don’t yet have an answer to, we’ll make sure to let you know once we do. The 1-hour drop-in sessions, with staff from Student Services, will give us a chance to talk to you about what might happen with or without a Brexit deal and how it could impact you and your studies in the UK.

•  13th March at 2pm in Rolle 115 – Faculty of Business and Faculty of Arts - Humanities staff will be present

 •  25th March at 10am in Rolle 117 – Faculty of Science and Engineering - Faculty of Health and Human Sciences staff will be present

 •  25th March at 3pm in John Bull Lecture Theatre, Plymouth Science Park- Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry staff will be present

There is no need to book a place, just turn up.

If anything related to Brexit is causing you stress, anxiety, or you'd just like to talk to someone to talk to, please contact our Student Wellbeing Services.

If you have any queries regarding funding please contact Support and advice (Student Funding Unit).

Further information

The latest update from UKCISA is available here:

Health insurance whilst in the UK

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, reciprocal healthcare arrangements will not automatically be transferred. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend them, and we will keep you updated with changes as we become aware of them.  

You do not need evidence of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for an EU Settlement Scheme application. However, it is a requirement that that EU/EEA students and their family members have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance to be able to access health care in the UK.