Now that the UK has left the European Union (Brexit) will I be able to re-enter the UK when face-to-face teaching resumes, or do I need to obtain a visa?
Although the UK has left the EU, there is now a transitional period until 31 December 2020, during which time freedom of movement will continue as usual. Therefore, EU/EEA nationals will not need a visa to travel to the UK before this date.
In addition, as you have already been living in the UK prior to the end of the transitional period, you will be eligible to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme, which means that even after the end of the transitional period you will not need a visa to return to the UK.
For further information on the scheme please see our Brexit advice pages.
I haven’t applied for Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme: will I be able to apply if I leave the UK now?
Yes, you can still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, and you can apply even if you are not currently in the UK. Please note the deadline to apply under the scheme is 30 June 2021.
Please see our Brexit advice pages and seek advice if you need help applying under the scheme.
If I am absent from the UK for a long period, will this impact on my ability to obtain settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme?
Absences of less than 6 months in any 12 month-period do not usually break continuous residence under the scheme. A single absence of over 6 months and up to 12 months may be accepted if there are special circumstances.
If this may apply to you, please contact the International Student Advice Service for further advice.