It is expected that the UK will exit the EU on 29 March 2019. If we have an agreed withdrawal agreement with the EU, the status of colleagues from other EU countries working in the University will broadly remain the same as now until the end of the transition/implementation period, currently until 31 December 2020.
Colleagues who have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 will also be able to stay in the UK after the end of transition/implementation period. You will need to confirm your residency status by applying for the government's EU Settlement Scheme. You will need to apply for either 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status', depending on the length of your continuous residence in the UK.
The government states that "getting settled status or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme means you can continue to live and work in the UK after 31 December 2020". The government intends for the EU Settlement Scheme to be open fully by 30 March 2019; with 30 June 2021 as the deadline for applying. There may however be exceptions to this deadline if an individual is joining a family member with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.
The government announced on Tuesday 21 January that there will be no fee for the Settlement Scheme when the scheme opens fully. Anyone who has applied already, or who applies and pays a fee during the test phases, will have their fee refunded (details of the refunds process will be published shortly by government).
Find out more about the settled status scheme on the government web pages.
Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme
The government has confirmed it has reached an agreement with "Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway which protects the rights of our citizens who have chosen to call each other’s countries home, as well as resolving a small number of other issues arising from the UK’s exit from the EU. This agreement largely mirrors the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU".
The government has also reached a similar agreement on citizen's rights with Switzerland.