Brexit: information for EU staff

Information for EU staff on working here after the UK leaves the EU, including pensions, travel and an app for applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Living and working in the UK after Brexit

The Government has issued the following guidance on EU citizen's rights: 

In advance of the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights, EU citizens must apply for either “settled status” or “pre-settled status” under the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020 if the UK exits without a deal (or 30 June 2021 if the UK exits with a deal).

Settled status would be granted to EU citizens and family members resident in the UK for more than five years and pre-settled status granted if resident in the UK for less than five years. Further details on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found on the GOV.uk website. Details of who should apply (including those EU citizens with existing permanent residency status) are on the GOV.UK website.

What EU staff members need to do

How to apply for the scheme

To apply to the scheme you are required to complete an online application form. Applicants are then required to prove their identity using the newly developed software app – “EU Exit: Identity Document Check”. The app is available on android devices and on iPhone 7 and newer models. Further detail on how to use the app can be found on the UK Government website.

If you are unable to access an android device to download the app, please contact HR Services via hroperations@stir.ac.uk.

Will it cost me to apply?

No. On 21 January 2019, the UK government announced that it would no longer be charging EU citizens the £65 application fee. If you made an application during the pilot phase, ie before 30 March 2019, the Home Office will reimburse the fee.

Can I apply if I am a national from the wider European Economic Area or Switzerland?

Yes. The Home Office has confirmed that nationals of the wider European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Swiss nationals can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme now that it is fully open.

Brexit and travel

I am an EU National and will be outside the UK when the UK’s exit date is expected to occur. Is there anything I should do in advance?

It is strongly recommended that you make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme before you travel.

All staff and students travelling on University business should notify insurance@stir.ac.uk of their travel plans if they are travelling outside of the UK.

What impact might Brexit have on travel plans?

The UK Government have advised that you ensure your passport has six months validity.

All staff and students travelling on University business should notify insurance@stir.ac.uk of their travel plans if they are travelling outside of the UK.

For EU citizens who want to re-enter the UK around the UK’s exit date, those without settled or pre-settled status are advised to take proof of residence with them (eg Council tax bill or equivalent).

I will be travelling in Europe on University business when the UK’s exit date is expected to occur, am I insured?

University travel insurance remains in place and will continue to provide the same level of cover after Brexit. All staff and students travelling on University business should notify insurance@stir.ac.uk of their travel plans if they are travelling outside of the UK and there is no change to this after Brexit.  If staff or students travelling on University business have any concerns they can contact insurance@stir.ac.uk.

Key Travel is the University’s preferred way of arranging travel and it should therefore normally be used by staff for this function (including booking air travel and as many other travel-related services as practicable).  Further information can be read here.

I am an Irish national. Do I need to apply for settled status?

As an Irish national you do not need to apply for settled status. However, you will need to apply for it if you either wish to become a British citizen, or you wish to bring non-EEA dependent family members to the UK with you in the future.

I am currently away from the UK on business / personal travel – can I still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?

Yes, overseas applicants are able to apply to the scheme.

Brexit and pensions

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has published a series of FAQs.  Alternatively, please contact HR and Organisation Development, email: hroperations@stir.ac.uk

Resources and information

 

Get in touch

There is still a lot of uncertainty around the full implications of the EU Referendum result for the UK Higher Education sector, but if you have any questions or concerns related to studying or working at the University of Stirling after Brexit, please get in touch.

Staff

Contact Human Resources on +44 (0) 1786 467136 or by emailing hroperations@stir.ac.uk.