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.
 
 

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals arriving in the UK on or before 31 December 2020

If you are planning to arrive or already in the UK before 31 December 2020, then, as you will be entering prior to the end of the transition period, you will be eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. You must ensure to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.

You can enter the UK using either your EU passport, or your EU national identity card.

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021

If you arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020, then you will have to apply for the new Student visa route or Standard Visitor Visa depending on your course duration (further information below), unless you already hold settled or pre-settled status or are an ROI student (you are able to enter and stay in the UK without any need for a visa owing to Common travel area rules. (EU nationals will not be eligible to apply for the Student visa route unless they are coming to the UK after 31 December 2020).

Courses longer than six months

If you are coming to the UK for the main purpose of studying a course which is more than six months in length, you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Route visa in your home country before travelling.

Courses less than six months

If you are coming to the UK for a course that is less than six months in length, you can apply for either Student Route Visa or Standard Visitor visa.  Please note that you are unable to work on a Standard Visitor Visa.

Arriving to the UK via Ireland

If you do not apply for your visa before travelling and you travel via the Republic of Ireland, you will not pass through UK immigration control and will not have an opportunity for your visa to be stamped in your passport. This means that you will not have permission to study in the UK and you will not be able to enrol on your course at Edinburgh Napier University.

If you are travelling to Edinburgh from overseas, you should fly directly into Edinburgh airport or transit through one of the other airports on the UK mainland.

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.

Read the 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.