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EU Settlement Scheme

We know that international students will be worried by the Covid-19 situation and what it means for their immigration status and their studies in the UK.

We are hosting regular live webinars throughout the summer to help students understand the latest advice and to assist them with preparing their applications. Check out our schedule of events HERE.

Key updates (13 July):

Read the latest information on travellng to the UK (England) and self-isolating.

Useful links: 

Full Home Office concessions for students is outlined here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students.

UKCISA regularly updates their advice for students here: Coronavirus (Covid-19): info for international students.

The University’s response to Covid-19 is available to read here: University of Exeter – Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Advice.

Finally, the trained immigration advisers in International Student Support are here to help with any questions or concerns you have during this difficult time. Please email us at and one of our advisers will respond as soon as possible.

From 31 January 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the European Union (EU). A transitional implementation period is in place until 31 December 2020. Students entering the UK by 31 December 2020 will be able to study and work here without restriction as long as they apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021, although we would recommend that you make your application before 31 December 2020.

Students entering the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to apply for a visa in the same way as any other non-UK national. More information about the two current student visas is available here: Tier 4 and Short Term Study.

Nationals of the Republic of Ireland are not required to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and will not be required to apply for visas to study in the UK.

Who is eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?

All EU/EEA and Swiss national arriving in the UK on or before 31 December 2020. You do not need to have lived here for a long period of time or be exercising an EU treaty right. You are considered to be resident as long as you have entered and are currently living in the UK.

Do I qualify for settled or pre-settled status?

If you have lived in the UK for less than 5 years, you will qualify for pre-settled status. You will just need to prove that you are living here now (or if you apply after 31 December 2020, that you were living here before then). For currently enrolled Exeter students, you will just need a Student Status Letter from the University to prove this. You can download this from SRS. If you decide to submit your application with help from International Student Support, we can produce this letter in your appointment.

If you have lived in the UK for 5 years or more, you should qualify for settled status. You must not have been outside the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period, but there are exceptions to this in some cases, such as study abroad and work placements. You will need to provide documents covering the full 5 year period with your EU Settlement Scheme application. If you think you will qualify for settled status, we would strongly recommend booking an appointment with International Student Support to talk through your eligibility and the documents that you should prepare in your particular circumstances.

How to apply

The EU Settlement Scheme application is entirely free and is made electronically. In most cases, you will not need to send any documents to the Home Office. The detailed process, including the application form and app are on the Home Office website: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

The first stage of the application is identity checks completed using an app on an Android or Apple device. Your passport details will be checked and the chip in your passport will be read. It will also take a scan and photo of your face. The second stage is a short application form completed via a web browser. You will then need to upload any documents that you are submitting as proof of your residency in the UK.

The application is not difficult but it can be confusing. We recommend that students book an appointment with International Student Support for assistance. For a pre-settled application, we can complete the entire process from start to finish in a 30 minute appointment. For a settled status application, it is likely that you will need to attend two appointments. International Student Support will provide the Android device needed for the first stage of the process.

Email to request an appointment.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Passport or biometric national ID card
  • If you are applying for settled status, bring any documents you have proving your residency for 5 years. If you are applying for pre-settled status, you do not need to bring any residency documents with you.
  • Your mobile phone, to receive an access code during the appointment


If you have any questions at all regarding the EU Settlement Scheme or your rights in the UK, you can email us at and we will be happy to help.