The University of Westminster is a global university and has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. As a place to work or to study, we strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation. We are committed to our European partners and to supporting our European staff and students.
The UK has signed the withdrawal agreement and the UK left the EU at 11pm on the 31 January 2020. The UK has now entered a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020. During this period, EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and their family members can travel to, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they do now. They may also apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The rights of Irish nationals living in the UK are protected under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU Settlement Scheme
If you are an EU/EEA national or relevant family member who is resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020, you may be entitled to apply to the EU settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying to the scheme is 30 June 2021.
You will need to apply to this scheme in order to retain your rights to remain in the UK.
Fee status and student funding
The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals and their family members who applied for a University place to start in the 2019–20 academic year, as well as students who will be starting a course in 2020–21, will remain eligible to pay ‘Home’ rate fees and remain eligible for financial support for the duration of their course. You can find more information about fee status and funding options on the Undergraduate student funding pages.
The Minister of State for Universities at the Department of Education England has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, or financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the academic year 2021–22. You can read the full statement on the UKCISA website, there has been the same announcement from Scotland and Wales, with no announcement from Northern Ireland.
Do I need a visa to come to the UK?
Whether you require a visa to study in the UK will depend on when you will travel to the UK, see below.
If you have already been living in the UK, you may be entitled to apply to the EU settlement Scheme. It is also possible to qualify and apply to this Scheme, whilst you are outside the UK, please see information on the EU settlement scheme above.
Information for EU students starting in September 2020:
EU, non-EU EEA nationals and Swiss citizens and their family members can travel to the UK (without requiring a visa) until the end of the transitional/ implementation period which is 31 December 2020. Once you are in the UK must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme as described above, you will need to do this in order to retain your rights to remain in the UK. If you do not apply under this scheme or otherwise apply under another category of the immigration rules you will not have a legal right to remain in the UK after 31 December 2020.
You may be entitled to Student Finance if starting your course in September 2020, please see further information on our EU, EEA and Swiss students page.
Information for students starting in January 2021:
If you do not qualify for the EU settlement scheme (see above) and you will travel to the UK after the 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for the new Student Visa to enter the UK.
It is advisable that where possible you travel to the UK before 31 December 2020. If you travel to the UK before this date, you can travel to the UK using your current passport or EU ID card and you may qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme (see above). If you travel to the UK before the 31 December 2020 you will not be required to apply to the new Student Visa.
You may be entitled to Student Finance, please see further information on our EU, EEA and Swiss students page.
Information for Students Starting in September 2021:
If you do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme (see above), there will be a new immigration system in place from 1 January 2021. If you intend to come to the UK after this date you will need to apply for the new Student Visa, for further information on this visa please see our visa pages.
See above section ‘Fee Status and Student Funding’ for information on whether you will be entitled to any Student Finance.
Should I open a bank account?
We recommend that you open a UK bank account soon after you arrive in the UK. It is the safest and most effective way of managing your money and making and receiving payments and can also be used to show evidence of your residence in the UK. For more information on how to open a bank account please visit UKCISA website.
What documents will I need to show at enrolment?
At your enrolment session, you will need to show your original passport or National Identity card as well as your original degree or diploma certificates and certificates for any other academic qualifications your Admissions office has asked you for. If you have applied for a Student Finance Services EU Fee Loan or Student Finance England funding, you will also need to show evidence of this.
If you will travel to the UK after 31 December 2020, you may also need to show evidence of your visa/immigration status.
Can I work in the UK?
During the Transition period which ends on the 31 December 2020, all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can work in the UK without restriction. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU nationals must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme (see above).
If you do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme and you are in the UK on a different study or work visa you will be subject to the work rules attached to your visa.
If you have not worked in the UK before you will need to apply for a National Insurance number. Students pay income tax in the same way as other workers, but often do not earn enough to have to pay tax. The tax-free allowance for a single person in 2020–21 is £12,500 (April to April). When you start work for the first time you will need to ask your employer to fill in a ‘starter checklist’ for you so that you don’t pay too much tax. You can find out more from TaxGuideForStudents.org.uk.
If you work in the UK, you may qualify for additional Student Finance England funding as long as you are working enough hours and as long as you are resident in the UK by 1 September 2020 and meet all the eligibility requirements to be considered as an EEA migrant worker. Please see the above information on fee status and student funding.
Can I get medical treatment in the UK?
What do I need to know if I am travelling to the UK?
You can travel to the UK using your Passport and EU Identity card up until 31 December 2020. If you are travelling to the UK after this date you will no longer be able to use your ID card and will be required to present your passport.
For up to date information on entering the UK, please see links below:
Last updated: 17 July 2020