Brexit – Information for Staff – Current and Prospective
Here at the University of Lincoln, we welcome thousands of new members to our community each year with the benefit of sharing views and ideas from all around the globe. As the UK has now left the European Union and as we continue to understand new details/rules as they emerge we will use this page to keep you up to date with the latest information, advice and guidance.
“We actively seek to create One Community where, whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are part of our University and you can be safe enough to be challenged and supported to grow and develop. ‘Wherever you are from, Lincoln is your home – a base for discovery, learning, and exploring your world and your future.’ (University of Lincoln – One Community)”
- 31st January 2020 – UK left the EU
- 1st February – 31st December 2020 – Transition Phase
- 1st December 2020 – Government Introduction of New Immigration Rules
- 31st December 2020 – Final date for individuals to be resident in the UK to apply to the settlement scheme for pre-settled status
- 30th June 2021 – Final date for application to the settlement scheme for pre-settled or settled status
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Staying in the UK - Settlement Scheme Application Process
a. How will Brexit impact my immigration status?
Colleagues who are EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to be resident in the UK by the 31st December 2020 and apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme to continue to live, work and study in the UK after 30th June 2021.
You (and your family) will still need to apply for settled or pre-settled status. Once you reach five qualifying years, you can then apply to update your visa to settled status. The EU settlement scheme application process is free for all applicants.
If you have not been resident in the UK for five years you can apply for pre-settled status. Once you reach five qualifying years, you can then apply to update your visa to settled status. The EU settlement scheme application process is free for all applicants.
b. How do I apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme is open, and we encourage colleagues to apply as soon as possible. Individuals must be resident in the UK by the 31st December 2020, with a closing date for applications to the settlement scheme being 30th June 2021.
c. What if I have Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK, British or Irish Citizenship, do I still need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme?
You do not need to apply if you have: indefinite leave to enter the UK, indefinite leave to remain in the UK, British or Irish citizenship (including ‘dual citizenship’). See https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families/if-you-have-permanent-residence-or-indefinite-leave-to-remain
However, if you choose to apply (and meet all the other conditions), you will receive ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’ – also known as settled status.
2. Recruitment and Prospective Colleagues (arriving in the UK after 1st January 2021) - the new UK point-based immigration system
a. How will Brexit Impact my Immigration Status?
Colleagues joining the University and arriving in the UK from the 1st January 2021 will fall under the new Points Based Immigration process and require a work visa. Further details are expected to be announced on the 1st December 2020 for applications to live, work and study in the UK after the 31st December 2020.
b. What type of visa am I likely to receive?
The most likely visa will be the new ‘Skilled Worker Visa’ which replaces the Tier 2 visa. However, there are other options including the ‘Global Talent Visa’, information for which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent-researcher-academic
c. Will my EU qualifications be recognised?
We are currently awaiting government guidance on the mapping of qualifications gained in the EU for their equivalency in the UK.
3. Business Travel - Travelling to EU from 1st January 2021
Other Brexit changes from the 1st January 2021 will include changes to all travel to the EU, with additional requirements for business travel. For full details see the following document:
A reminder that all travel should be accompanied by a Travel Notification Form so that the relevant level of support can be put in place.
4. Help and Advice
a. What support services are available to colleagues?
We understand that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit can be a cause for worry and concern. Colleagues can access confidential personal support from the University’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) including in relation to Brexit, by phoning 0800 328 1437 from within the UK or +44 (0) 1482 661814 from outside the UK. Family members of staff can also access support through EAP.
Additionally, the government provides a number of routes to seek guidance on the application process should you require support in this area.
b. What guidance can I give my students?
Useful information for students can be found on the following university webpages: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/brexit/
c. My research is EU funded, where can I seek information/advice on this?
If you are working on an EU-funded research project and you are concerned about how Brexit might affect this, Research and Enterprise are able to deal with queries on an individual basis by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
5. External Contacts
- EU Settlement Resolution Centre – For questions about your application call 0300 123 7379. Find out about call charges on uk/call-charges. You can also ask a question using the online form: eu-settledstatus-enquiries.service.gov.uk
- Translated information EU Settlement Scheme – guidance and materials have been translated into 25 European languages and Welsh. Visit uk/settled-status-translationsand gov.uk/guidance/settled-status-for-eu-citizens-and-their-families-translations
- Assisted Digital – This free service is available over the phone and in person if you do not have the right access, skills or confidence to complete the online application form. Contact We-Are-Digital by calling 03333 445 675. To check availability of this service and for more information, visit: uk/eu-assisted-digital
- ID document scanning service – This service is available to complete the proof of identity step if you do not have access to the EU Exit: ID Document Check app. There may be an administrative fee to use this service. To check availability of this service and for more information, visit uk/eu-id-scanner-locations
- Community support – If you need more help with your application, you can contact a support organisation. For more information, visit gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided here but this does not constitute legal advice and is subject to change. The University accepts no liability for content provided via third party websites.