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Preparing for Brexit

Immigration changes for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals 

As the United Kingdom continues to negotiate its exit from the European Union (EU), DMU is carefully considering the impact this will have on many of our students.

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Freedom of movement between the UK and EU ends on 31 December 2020 and from 1 January 2021 the UK will implement a points-based immigration system.

International students, including EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, who are due to arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021, can now apply for their visa to study in the UK in 2021 through the new and improved Student Route which forms part of the UK's points-based immigration system. Apply here.  

EU, EEA and Swiss students and their family members who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and should not apply under the points based immigration system.

EU citizens must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 to be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and should apply by 30 June 2021. Students should still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme even if they do not intend to stay in the UK long term. It is free to apply and applications can be made online on GOV.UK.

Changes for professional qualifications: The Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ) Directive

The MRPQ allows UK and EU nationals to benefit from a simplified recognition procedure for certain regulated professions (e.g. doctors, nurses, dental practitioners, veterinary surgeons, lawyers, architects or engineers). This will cease to apply in the UK after the transition period on 1 January 2021. For further detailed information about this, including its impact on British and other nationals with UK qualifications who are seeking to work in the EU, please click here.

Check our Brexit microsite regularly

For more information on Brexit and what it means for our students, please take a look at our Brexit microsite. Here you can find out more about the implications of Brexit for you, including visa costs, the Immigration Health Surcharge and the UK’s new Graduate Route.

It is extremely important that you check this website regularly as we will be updating it with new information as and when it becomes available.

Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2020

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