(The page was last updated on 14 July 2020)

We continue to value our international community at the University of Aberdeen and welcome staff from across the EU and further afield.

We remain committed to supporting our staff whilst recognising their contribution to the University, and appreciate that EU staff may have a number of questions about how the UK’s exit from the EU might affect them and their families longer term.

We have developed this page to answer frequently asked questions and provide updated advice to staff.

Latest updates

Rights to continue to live and work in the UK

How do I apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme?

Please review the detail online regarding eligibility along with information about what evidence is required as proof of residence in the UK. The deadline for applying for status under the scheme is 30th June 2021. We recommended that those who require status under this scheme to proceed with their application well in advance of the deadline. 

Those wishing to apply for Settled Status will require proof of residence in the UK of 5 years or more. If you have less than 5 years of residence in the UK, you can apply for Pre-Settled Status. Once you reach the qualifying period of 5 years of residence, you will be required to apply for Settled Status at that point.

Please be advised that you will require access to an Android device 6.0 and above with NFC technology or iPhone 8 and newer with iOS 13.1 or newer. There is no fee for applications under the Settlement Scheme.

Should you require some support in completing your application, please contact your HR Advisor or HR Partner to discuss further.

What support is available to staff who are non-EU/EEA & Swiss family members (dependents) of EU/EEA & Swiss citizens?

We offer the same level of support and advice that is available to EU/EEA and Swiss staff. EU/EEA and Swiss dependents that hold a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) may apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status if they meet the eligibility criteria. Further information can be found on the UK Government webpage.

Should I apply for British Citizenship?

You do not need to be a British Citizen to remain in the UK after Brexit. EU/EEA and Swiss nationals will require either Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status as outlined above.

However, should you be interested in British Citizenship, further information can be found on the Citizenship Government pages.

Rights for new entrants to the UK after Brexit

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss national and considering applying for a job at the University of Aberdeen. What should I do regarding my immigration status?

You can still live and work in the UK after Brexit and we would encourage you to apply for status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status in advance of the deadline to secure your right to remain in the UK. A new immigration system will be in place on 1 January 2021. A new immigration system will be in place effective 1 January 2021. The details of the new immigration system are being finalised and the Government recently provided an update on this new point-based system which can be viewed online

Can my dependents join me?

Yes, non-EU and EU citizen family members can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme. The EU/EEA/Swiss citizen should apply first to obtain their application number to then support the application of their dependent. Family members are considered as spouse, civil partners and children. The deadline of 30th June 2021 will apply.  Further details can be found online

Travel

I am an EU/EEA & Swiss citizen, will I need a visa to return to the UK after Brexit?

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens will be able to enter the UK as they do now but will likely be required to provide proof of their EU Settlement Status after 1st January 2021. Irish nationals will also not require any additional status and are covered under the Common Travel Area arrangements.

I am a UK citizen, will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

UK citizens will still be able to visit the EU without a visa for up to 90 days. For stays more than 90 days, you should check the Foreign Office Travel Advice.

Line Manager Guidance

I am a line manager, are there changes to right to work checks post Brexit?

The Government has confirmed there will be no changes to right to work checks until the new immigration rules that take place on 1 January 2021.

I am a line manager, what should I say to new employees who join after Brexit?

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who are already in the UK (at the end of the transition period 31 December 2020) will still be eligible to continue to live and work in the UK provided they apply for Pre-Settled or Settled Status before 30 June 2021.

For EU/EEA and Swiss citizens who arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 will fall within the new immigration system. A new immigration system will be in place on 1 January 2021. The details of the new immigration system are yet to be finalised but please sign up to Government updates to receive the information as it becomes available.

Further details on this route are to be announced in due course but there is information online that can be reviewed on the UK Government website.

I am a line manager/academic, how can I support my students and staff?

Please direct staff and students who have queries about Brexit to the University’s Brexit pages

In addition, our Communications team will be issuing regular Brexit updates in the ezine over the coming weeks. If students require more detailed advice, please contact the infohub or email brexit@abdn.ac.uk. Line managers should speak with their HR Partner. 

Should we be expecting disruptions to supplies as a result of Brexit?

We have liaised closely with external providers and framework partners to seek reassurance that the impact on services, supply and data transfers will be managed. A few departments within the University are holding some additional stock to prevent disruptions to teaching, research and services such as catering, but this is limited by storage capacity and use-by dates and is not on a large scale. Some specialised areas have made detailed plans to meet clinical needs and have identified alternative suppliers to mitigate any shortfall.


If you have questions about supply issues please contact brexit@abdn.ac.uk.