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Specific information for EEA students

EEA and Swiss Nationals/Brexit

The UK has now left the European Union and is now in a period of transition until 31 December 2020.

The UK is currently in this transitional period which means that there are no immediate changes if you are an EEA or Swiss national, including where you have a dual nationality with a non-EEA/Swiss passport.  During this time EU nationals and their family members can come to, or remain in, the UK on broadly the same basis as they can now.

Those already in the UK prior to Brexit and those who come to the UK during the transitional period will need to apply for status in the UK under a scheme - the EU Settlement Scheme - if they wish to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021. The status granted will be ‘settled’ status or ‘pre-settled’ status depending on the length of time in the UK.

Those who arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 will be expected to apply under a category of the Immigration Rules in place at that time.  We will update here when we have any further information regarding this but in the meantime you sign up for Home Office alerts so that you can keep up with any relevant developments.

How does Brexit affect your ability to access health care in the UK?

From now until 31 December 2020, free movement continues and so your entitlement to health care in the UK remains unchanged. If you are coming to the UK to study, you will need to obtain an EHIC card from the EEA country where you are a resident in order to access health care in the UK. If you do not reside in an EEA country before you come to the UK, you will need to obtain private 'comprehensive health insurance', otherwise you will have limited access to health care in the UK.

See NHS leaflet about visitors to the UK as students

If you have already obtained permanent residence, or, have been granted 'settled status', then you will have continued right to access healthcare as you do now. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App