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Brexit

Following the referendum in June 2016, where the outcome was a decision for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), we want to reassure colleagues and students that, at this stage, nothing has changed in relation to their ability to work or study in the UK.

This page holds the latest information for our staff and students in relation to Brexit. This page will regularly be checked to ensure it is up to date. Frequently Asked Questions are available below, if however you have any further queries, members of staff should contact or email HR Advice with your concern, students should contact AskUs in the first instance.

Please be assured that the University will continue through its representative body to lobby and work with Parliament and policymakers to ensure the best outcome for UK higher education post Brexit.

You can also see many relevant Frequently Asked Questions on the Universities UK (UUK) website by clicking here at http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Pages/brexit-faqs.aspx

Brexit Updates

12 November 2018 Update

Today the Home Office issued their instructions  for eligible staff to register their interest in participating in the EU Settlement Scheme pilot.

The following instructions were sent to be distributed to relevant staff. You can download the instructions here.

November 2018

The Home Office have launched a second pilot of the EU Settlement Scheme which will take place from 15 November 2018 - 21 December 2018. University staff have been invited to participate but there are a number of eligibility criteria that need to be met.

EU Settlement Scheme Pilot

Settled Status Pilot

What is the EU Settlement Scheme?

In advance of the UK’s exit from the EU on 29 March 2019, the UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live here, work here and access public services such as healthcare and benefits. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU citizens must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Further detail on the Settlement Scheme can be found on GOV.UK.

What is the pilot?

The Home Office is testing the EU Settlement Scheme through a series of pilots ahead of the public launch. This second phase of the pilot starts in November and runs until 21 December this year and covers employees in the higher education and health and social care sectors.

This pilot is testing the application process that EU citizens and their family members will use when the scheme opens fully next year. Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process before the Scheme fully launches to the public by 30 March 2019.

Who is eligible?

You will only be able to take part in the pilot if you are an employee of our University (Unfortunately students are not invited to participate in this pilot) , and you are:

  • an EU citizen and have a valid biometric passport (this is an e-passport which has a digital chip)
  • or a non-EU citizen family member employed by the University and have a biometric residence card with ‘EU Right to Reside’ on the back, which you have applied for on or after 6 April 2015

If you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme pilot, you will need to complete a short and simple online application form to:

  • prove your identity;
  • show that you live in the UK; and
  • declare any serious criminal convictions.

What happens next?

  • Please see 12th November update at the top of the pageWhen the pilot goes live, the Home Office will need you to send a blank email to eusettlementpilot@homeoffice.gov.uk this will register your interest in participating in the pilot. The Home Office will send you an email inviting you to participate. This email will provide you your logon details to apply and instructions on how to download the Settlement Scheme App

Please note that making an application in this pilot is entirely voluntary. There will be no change to your current rights under EU law until the end of the planned implementation period on 31 December 2020.

Documents you need to read

There is a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that has been put together from various pieces of Government documentation and other Home Office sources. Government office contact numbers and web forms for applicants queries are on the document too, alongside this is a briefing pack please read through these documents as they contain important information regarding the Settlement Scheme and the regulations for the pilot.

September 2018

A very successful event took place in Lower Maxwell Hall on the 13th September in association with EU Citizen Campaign group the 3 Million, contributors to the EU citizen project ‘in Limbo’ and the EU commission who paid for an immigration solicitor to be present to talk through the new settled status process and field questions from the audience. We were still in the building until 6.40 PM which shows how well the event went.

18th September 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have released their final report examining the impact of EEA migration in the UK. The report concludes that they think there have been impacts on the UK because of immigration, but the majority have been small set against other changes, and that the large impacts that some have claimed have been over stated. EU citizens on the whole are positive financial contributors to the country.

The MAC also recommend that any future migration policy should not give preferential treatment to prospective employees from the EU, they recommend that the focus of migration should be on the High skilled and Middle skilled roles and the process of employing migrant who fall into these categories should be simplified, though they recommend using the current tier 2 process as a template.

You can find copies of the report here

13th September 2018 - The University alongside the EU citizens lobbying group ‘the3million’ are organizing an event that will provide information and support for EU citizens at the University. The event will feature speakers from ‘the3million’ the author Elena Remigi and access to a European Commission approved Immigration lawyer, who will outline the Settled Status Application process and will respond to specific queries regarding Brexit and immigration.

the3million

21st June 2018 - the Home Secretary’s has announced information on Settled Status for EU Citizens, the Governments pages on Settled Status for EU citizens and their families have been updated.

There has been some clarity on what EU citizens will need to produce to claim settled status, however a note of caution the details of the scheme are still subject to approval by Parliament.

For eligibility requirements and how to apply please go to the gov.uk website.

https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

19th February 2018 - Discussions have begun to grant EEA & EFTA citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway ‘settled status’ post-Brexit. To find out more please read the article here.

9th January 2018 - Legal support provided for the EU Staff Network at the Immigration and Brexit Workshop (held on 26th January 2018)

Simon Kenny presenting to the EU citizen staff network group

11th September 2017 – A message from our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International & Regional Partnerships on the EU Citizen Staff Network Group.

26th June 2017 - The Government have published a detailed paper outlining its negotiating offer for EU citizens in the UK on their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU. The details can be found by clicking here.

29th March 2017 - A message from our Chief Operating Officer:

Triggering of Article 50 - update on Brexit.

Existing non-UK EU Staff

On the 26th January 2018 Simon Kenny, an immigration lawyer from Eversheds Sutherland in Manchester, provided University of Salford staff with advice on the current immigration picture for EU citizens at that point in time.

You can download the presentation from Simon here

On June 26th 2017 the UK Government published a detailed paper outlining its negotiating offer for EU citizens in the UK. They have also produced a summary document called Rights of EU Citizens in the UK which you may find useful to download.

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work in the UK. If there were to be any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, it is unlikely these will come into place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement. The immigration status of non-UK EU staff has not changed as a result of the referendum so there will be no immediate impact on employment status. We continue to welcome and value our colleagues from the EU and wider as part of our community.

European Workers can be divided up into 2 categories, each of whom have separate rules governing their status within the UK. These categories consist of those who have lived in the UK for more than 5 years, and those who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years.

Employees who have less than 5 years’ residency in the UK

Although it is not mandatory - It is helpful for EEA Nationals and their family members who have lived in the UK for less than 5 years to apply for Registration Certificates. Registration Certificates are a proof that someone has a right to live in the UK. A Registration certificate costs £65, and the application is made on form EEAQP for the individual workers, and EEAFM for family members.

This is sometimes referred to as a 'qualified' persons card, the online form for which can be accessed here.

Employees who have more than 5 years’ residency in the UK

After an employee, has worked in the UK for more than 5 years they are entitled to apply for Permanent Residence. Again, individuals do not need to apply for this certificate to prove they have the right to live in the UK permanently, however this document is useful to help an individual claim certain benefits, and is necessary if an EEA employee would like to apply for British Citizenship.

This is sometimes referred to as a permanent residence card, the online form for which can be accessed here you will need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the green "Apply now" button.

Online application guidance is available via these detailed guidance notes.

A paper form is also available here if you are unable to complete the online application.

Whether this is the right action for you to take will depend on your personal circumstances. Information is available on the government website.

The University of Salford operates a financial support loan scheme for EU staff who wish to apply to become a British citizen. The loan amount is equal to the fees payable to the Home Office in making an application and the full cost will be paid through salary. The loan is repaid through salary deduction over a maximum period of twelve months, or less if the employee prefers.

The form is available to download here

If you are considering applying for permanent residency then you may find it useful to review the Government guidance on applying for permanent residence.

For more information and access to the online forms see the What  are 'EEA Workers' rights?' section above.

If you want to find out more information or guidance about European Economic Area (EEA) national qualified persons information please visit Gov.uk's page here.

For more information and access to the online forms see the What  are 'EEA Workers' rights?' section above.

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK. Again if there were to be any changes in the future relating to access to medical care, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements had been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK.

In addition to these FAQ's and  this page on Brexit, EU staff at the moment are entitled to a financial loan in support of their UK citizens application. Please contact HR for further details on this.

If anyone has any concerns at all please do contact your line manager who will be able to seek advice from your HR business partner or email HR Advice.

All UoS employees can access personal support from the University’s Employee Assistance Programme on a confidential basis. The EAP website offers a wealth of information on a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Home life  
  • Work Life  
  • Emotional Health  
  • Physical Health  
  • Managers' Support  

To find out more about the EAP web resource, click here.

In addition to the web resource, there is also access to a free, confidential telephone support helpline.  If you wish to contact the Support Helpline, call 0800 716 017.  All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The European Economic Area (EEA)

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.