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Rights in the UK (immigration, healthcare, working, study and other rights)

EU/ EEA & Swiss students current rights in the UK (during the transitional period)

Immigration/ Entering the UK

Healthcare

Working

Studying

Exercising other rights

Immigration/ Entering the UK

EU/ EEA (& Swiss) students who are already resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will be able to exercise their rights to enter and reside in the UK, without the need for additional immigration permission, just by producing a valid passport.

National identity cards from EU/ EEA member states can also be used curently.

The UK government website provides guidance on rights to enter the UK and on rights to reside in the UK

There is some specific information for Irish citizens on the UK government website

Unless there is a further extension to the transitional period, the UK government has annnounced that most EU/ EEA nationals who wish to continue to reside in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme or for another immigration other status by that date. More information can be found in our About the EU Settlement Scheme webpages.

Healthcare

We recommend that you register with a doctor (GP) as soon as you can after you arrive in the UK.

Detailed information for international and EU/EEA students on seeing a doctor, medical emergencies, other healthcare services, dentist and eye-sight is on Queen Mary University of London's Student Health web pages

Generally, EU/EEA citizens resident in the UK are able to access the National Health Service (NHS) but those who are in the UK only as students or self-sufficient people are expected to hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) 

The United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs provides more detailed information on access to healthcare for EU/ EEA citizens including requirements to access healthcare on the NHS after Brexit.

Working

We have written an advice guide about Part time and vacation work (how to look for a job, how much you can get paid, how to get a National Insurance number, will you pay Income Tax, can you work as an EU/ EEA national).

Currently, EU/ EEA citizens are able to work in the UK restriction free and only have to show an employer a valid passport or national identity card. This will be the case until at least 31 December 2020.

The UK government website provides guidance for employers on EU/ EEA citizens rights to work in the UK.

Unless there is a further extension to Article 50 or to any transitional period after a Brexit with agreement, the UK government has annnounced that most EU/ EEA nationals who wish to continue to reside in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme or for another immigration other status by that date in order to be able to prove your right to work.

More information about staying in the UK after 31 December 2020 can be found in our About the EU Settlement Scheme webpages.

Studying

We have guidance on our website about studying at Queen Mary, including study support and changes to your studies. EU/ EEA national.

See our Fees & Funding pages for EU/ EEA students for more information on the current eligibility rules for tuition fee and living cost support.

Unless there is a further extension to the transitional period, the UK government has annnounced that most EU/ EEA nationals who wish to continue to reside in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme or for another immigration other status by that date in order to be able to prove your right to study.

More information about staying in the UK after 31 December 2020 can be found in our About the EU Settlement Scheme webpages.

Exercising other rights & services in the UK

EU/ EEA students who are in the UK before 31 December 2020 can access other rights and services, such as renting a property by showing an EU/ EEA passport or national identity card.

The UK government have published guidance to landlords among others about how EU/ EEA citizens can prove their rights in the UK.

Unless there is a further extension the transitional period, the UK government has annnounced that most EU/ EEA nationals who wish to continue to reside in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 will need to apply to the EU settlement Scheme or for another immigration other status by that date in order to be able to exercise certain rights in the UK. 

More information about staying in the UK after 31 December 2020 can be found in our About the EU Settlement Scheme webpages.

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