Frequently asked questions

Browse questions and answers for staff and students.

If you can't find the information you need, email us at: eu@sheffield.ac.uk

Health and Wellbeing

We appreciate that the uncertainty of Brexit may have an impact on your health and wellbeing and would like to make staff aware of the support available via our Juice Health and Wellbeing platform. Please visit our dedicated Juice Health and Wellbeing pages for more information.


For staff

Current and prospective staff

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Immigration

What does Brexit mean for my status as a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA member of staff (current or prospective)?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and the EU, the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain in place until 31 December 2020.

EU, EEA and Swiss colleagues who have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 will need to confirm residency status by applying for the EU Settlement Scheme. Following a successful application you will be given either 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status', depending on the length of your continuous residence in the UK. This means you will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Find out more about the settled status scheme on the government web pages.

Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme on the University's HR webpages

EEA EFTA

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.

What about if there's a 'no deal' situation?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

In the event of a no deal scenario, the EU Settlement Scheme will still be implemented, meaning colleagues will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK post-Brexit (if you have been living in the UK by Exit Day).The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The EU Settlement Scheme is also open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The government has published information on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be from 2021.

Further help for staff members

If you are a member of staff at the University or looking to work here please view the international staff web pages for information on key issues such as the EU Settlement Scheme and other immigration and employment-related matters.

If you are looking for advice about immigration, your status or your family’s status, the University offers a range of services to support you. Including:

  • A legal helpline hosted by immigration specialists Eversheds. Please contact eu@sheffield.ac.uk to book an appointment.
  • One-to-one sessions with a University HR adviser to discuss personal circumstances, which can also be booked by sending an email to eu@sheffield.ac.uk.
  • Information sessions led by immigration experts. Information about previous and upcoming sessions is available on the international staff web pages.
  • You can also send an email to eu@sheffield.ac.uk for any other Brexit-related queries you may have.

You can also make an appointment to get your or your family's ID documents scanned and verified at:

Howden House
1 Union Street
Sheffield
S1 2SH
Email: customerservices@sheffield.gov.uk

More information about government document scanning locations

Find out more about support for non-UK EU staff

Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme


Research

What does Brexit mean for research funding from the EU?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

Researchers should continue to apply for funding from the EU. Government guidance states that until the UK’s departure from the EU, it remains a Member State, with all the rights and obligations that entails. This means that the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes while it remains a member of the EU.

UKRI’s web pages have further information on the implications for research.

What about after the UK leaves the EU?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

Researchers should continue to apply for funding from the EU. If the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is ratified the UK will continue to participate in the programmes financed by the current EU Budget until their closure. This means that the UK will remain in the Horizon 2020 research programme until the end of 2020. This will allow for UK participants to continue to apply for and receive Horizon 2020 funding for the full duration of successful projects. UK recipients would have to continue to comply with EU financial reporting and auditing requirements.

The UK’s participation in Horizon Europe (the successor to Horizon 2020) through some form of associated status is subject to future negotiations. The aspiration is set out in paragraph 11 of the revised political declaration (PDF) which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and the UK. This forms part of the draft withdrawal agreement and is subject to ratification.

What about if there's a 'no deal' situation?

Researchers should continue to apply for funding from the EU. The UK government has provided guidance giving further information about the implications of a 'no deal' situation. The government has committed to guarantee funding for all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before we leave the EU, if there is a no-deal Brexit.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will become a ‘third country’ participant in Horizon 2020 at point of Exit. As a third country, the UK would be able to bid to and participate in the majority of collaborative Horizon 2020 calls.

The guarantee also covers all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 calls open to third-country participation submitted between Brexit and the end of 2020. Both the guarantee and extension commit funding to UK Horizon 2020 participants for the lifetime of projects.

If you have any questions about research and Brexit you can contact eu@sheffield.ac.uk.


Student and staff travel around Exit Day

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified we expect travel to continue as normal during the transition period until 31 December 2020 with no additional requirements.

If you are a member of staff responsible for arranging travel for students around Exit day please ensure that you have completed a full risk assessment, notified the University’s insurance office and have given students/colleagues a contact point for queries. If you are arranging travel for yourself or other colleagues please ensure staff travelling are aware of the requirements they are under to understand and comply with the risk obligations for their own travel.

If there is no deal

UK citizens & non-UK EU citizens where this would apply (staff and students):

If you have plans to travel to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland on University business around the proposed Exit Day we have set out issues to take note of below.

Travel between the UK and the Republic of Ireland will not be affected for UK or Irish citizens.

If there is a no-deal Brexit it is important that staff and students who are UK citizens, or non-UK EU citizens where these elements also apply, and plan to be in any of these countries on or after the proposed Exit Day take some key actions. These are set out in the government's Visit Europe after Brexit webpage. Please take the time to read this carefully to determine what actions you will need to take. Examples include:

  • Checking if a visa is required due to the length of your visit or the nature of your visit. The European Parliament has approved a proposal for reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals, with UK nationals exempt from visa requirements for short stays in the EU. Please note the visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU. Business travel includes activities such as travelling for meetings and conferences. Information about how to get a visa if you need one will be on each country’s travel advice page
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid using this checking service. At Border Control in the EU, you may need to show that you have enough money for your trip and that you have a return or onward ticket. You should travel with documentary evidence in your hand luggage.
  • Obtaining a University travel insurance certificate. Checking if you need any other insurance. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not a substitute for travel insurance and also may not be valid in a no-deal situation. It’s particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not. The government has advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover
  • If you will be driving and have a British driving licence, checking what other documentation and insurance you will need to legally drive.

There are extra actions you may need to take if you’re travelling for business. You may wish to consider whether any planned travel around Exit Day can be rearranged.

Non-UK EU citizens (staff and students):

If you are a non-UK EU member of staff or student travelling to Europe and back to the UK around Exit Day, we do not anticipate you will experience any problems. However, you may wish to carry in your hand luggage some proof of residency or student status in the UK in case you are asked about your status at Border Control such as a bank statement/council tax bill or student status certificate. You can obtain a student status certificate from the SSiD website.

All staff and students:

University-instigated travel will still be covered by the University's insurance in the event of a no deal, but please check the policy to understand what will be in or out of scope of the insurance cover. For more information and specific insurance FAQs please see the University’s insurance page.

Is my EHIC still valid?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

The government has advised that you should prepare for possible changes to your access to healthcare if there's a no-deal Brexit and you're a UK national travelling to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid if there's a no-deal Brexit. This will depend on arrangements with individual countries and might mean you need to pay in full for treatment.

The NHS has country guides to healthcare in other countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA).

A EHIC issued by the UK will still be valid until Exit Day. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after Exit Day, students should ensure they have registered for the University's travel insurance policy.

For personal travel we would recommend buying your own travel insurance to ensure you can access appropriate healthcare treatment.

The government has advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover.


EU - Importing/Exporting

Does the University have an EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) number for importing goods from the EU or exporting to the EU, once the UK has exited the EU?

Yes, Please see the University's finance page for the EORI number. You will need your University log-in to access this information. The number is required to move goods into or out of the EU in the event of no deal.

For students

Current and prospective students

Jessop West


Immigration

What does Brexit mean for my status as a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA student?

We welcome students from all over the world, and will continue to support students from the rest of the EU to apply to study here. If you are a current student you can apply to live in the UK beyond Brexit.

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and the EU, the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain in place until 31 December 2020.

If you have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. There is no cost to apply. Following a successful application you will be given either 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status', depending on the length of your continuous residence in the UK. This means you will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

If you are a current student or starting your course in the 2020/21 academic year you will also continue to receive financial support for study for the duration of your course; you would still need to meet eligibility requirements for student finance.

The position for non-UK EU students who begin courses from 2021/22 and onwards has not been announced yet.

The government has also stated it has reached an agreement on the rights for citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Read further information.

If there is no deal:

The EU Settlement Scheme means students will be able to apply for settled or pre-settled status to guarantee their rights to live and work in the UK post-Brexit (if you have been living in the UK by Exit Day). The scheme is also open to citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Find out more about studying as an EU student in Sheffield.

The government has published information on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be from 2021.

The Student Services information Desk webpage provides more information on the EU Settlement Scheme and European Temporary Leave to Remain.

As a non-UK EU/EEA EFTA student, will I be able to stay in the UK after completing my studies?

If there is a deal:

Yes, if you have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 and successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and the EU, the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021.

If you have arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. There is no cost to apply. Following a successful application you will be given either 'pre-settled status' or 'settled status', depending on the length of your continuous residence in the UK. This means you will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

If there is no deal:

Yes, if you are living in the UK by the Exit Day and successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The government has published information on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain would act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be in place from 1 January 2021.

Where can I go for more help?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has information for students on Brexit on its website.

Check these pages for immigration advice:

The Student Advice Centre
Student Advice Centre advice for EEA students and family members
Student Services Information Desk (SSiD)

After reading the information above, if you have specific questions about immigration, for you or your family, please email advice@sheffield.ac.uk to make an appointment.

What is Sheffield's view of international students?

We are an international university, and we all benefit greatly from a diverse student population. We will continue to offer a place of welcome to scholars and students from across the continent and our world.

Sheffield has a strong reputation as a diverse, vibrant and friendly city. This will not change.

Our students from around the world celebrate their own cultures and friendships in many ways, participate in volunteering activities and enjoy festivals and sports in the city centre and our beautiful Peak District National Park.

In return the city is deeply grateful for the investment and vibrancy our international students bring. They see our students training to be architects, lawyers and engineers. They see the contribution you make to our hospitals as doctors, and they know that you go on to serve the world in wonderful and important ways after graduation – taking something of Sheffield with you into the wider world.

A statement highlighting the city's commitment to international students and celebrating the positive cultural and economic impact they have on Sheffield's vibrancy was issued at the national conference of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKISA) in Sheffield (29 June – 1 July 2016).

Will I be able to work in the UK while being a student? (non-UK EU/EEA EFTA students)

If there is a deal:

Yes, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal the government has said that the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 30 June 2021.

If you apply to the EU Settlement Scheme successfully, you will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

If you arrive in the UK during the transition period, which is after the UK leaves the EU, you will also be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The transition period is anticipated to be 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020.

If there is no deal:

Yes, if you have arrived in the UK before the UK leaves the EU and successfully apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will be able to continue living and working in the UK after 30 June 2021.

If you arrive in the UK after the UK leaves the EU it is not yet clear if you would be able to work whilst studying in the UK. The government has published information on European Temporary Leave to Remain, which covers the immigration arrangements (if the UK leaves the EU without a deal) for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who move to the UK after the UK has left the EU. The proposals on European Temporary Leave to Remain would act as interim measures until the UK implements a new immigration system, intended to be in place from 1 January 2021.


Fees and loans

What does this mean for my fees and access to student loans?

The government has announced that EU students starting university in the 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status for the duration of courses in England. This means you will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of the course. EU students starting university in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

If you're a current student, the government has previously made the same commitment for:

If you want to find out more about fees please see our tuition fees information.


European exchange programmes

I have a compulsory period abroad in a European country as part of my course. What does this mean for me?

We would like to reassure you that we are committed to continuing our student exchanges with Europe after Brexit and will work to ensure that all students with a compulsory period abroad in Europe can complete this part of their course. We will make sure we keep you up to date with any changes that might impact on your studies and that we will support you in every way possible to achieve your academic goals. We also have exchange agreements with non-European partner universities and these will not be impacted by Brexit.

Will Erasmus+ continue?

The University of Sheffield highly values its partnerships with European universities and is committed to continuing our exchanges post-Brexit.

If the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is ratified then the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus during 2019/20.

In the event of a no deal Brexit the status of the UK’s participation in Erasmus is uncertain.

The University’s Erasmus+ web pages have further information on Erasmus+ and Brexit for exchange students inbound to Sheffield and outbound from Sheffield.

I am planning to go to the University of Sheffield on exchange, how does Brexit affect me?

We intend to continue our student exchange agreements with our European partner institutions after Brexit and, therefore, will still accept incoming exchange students from other European countries. Your home institution will be able to advise on the selection process, and the availability of funding.

If you have further questions about Erasmus+ and Brexit (for example as a UK student, or a future incoming Erasmus student or Erasmus partner) please contact our Erasmus+ team: globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk.


Student and staff travel around Exit Day

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January. If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified we expect travel to continue as normal during the transition period until 31 December 2020 with no additional requirements.

If there is no deal

UK citizens & non-UK EU citizens where this would apply (staff and students):

If you have plans to travel to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland on University business around the proposed Exit Day we have set out issues to take note of below.

Travel between the UK and the Republic of Ireland will not be affected for UK or Irish citizens.

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. If there is a no-deal Brexit it is important that staff and students who are UK citizens, or non-UK EU citizens where these elements also apply, and plan to be in any of these countries on or after the proposed Exit Day take some key actions. These are set out in the government's Visit Europe after Brexit webpage. Please take the time to read this carefully to determine what actions you will need to take. Examples include:

  • Checking if a visa is required due to the length of your visit or the nature of your visit. If you are a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You will be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel. Information about how to get a visa if you need one will be on each country’s travel advice page.
  • Checking how long your passport remains valid using this checking service. At Border Control in the EU, you may need to show that you have enough money for your stay and that you have a return or onward ticket. You should travel with documentary evidence in your hand luggage. .
  • Obtaining a University travel insurance certificate. Checking if you need any other insurance. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not a substitute for travel insurance and also may not be valid after the UK leaves the EU. It is particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not. The government has advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover.
  • If you will be driving and have a British driving licence, checking what other documentation and insurance you will need to legally drive.

In the event of a no deal Brexit you may wish to consider whether any planned travel around Exit Day can be rearranged.

Non-UK EU citizens (staff and students):

If you are a non-UK EU member of staff or student travelling to Europe and back to the UK around Exit Day, we do not anticipate you will experience any problems. However, you may wish to carry in your hand luggage some proof of residency or student status in the UK in case you are asked about your status at Border Control such as a bank statement/council tax bill or student status certificate. You can obtain a student status certificate from the SSiD website.

All staff and students:
University-instigated travel will still be covered by the University's insurance in the event of a no deal, but please check the policy to understand what will be in or out of scope of the insurance cover. For more information and specific insurance FAQs please see the University’s insurance page.

Is my EHIC still valid?

The UK government plans to exit the EU on 31 January 2020.

The government has advised that you should prepare for possible changes to your access to healthcare if there is a no-deal Brexit and you are a UK national travelling to the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid if there is a no-deal Brexit. This will depend on arrangements with individual countries and might mean you need to pay in full for treatment.

The NHS has country guides to healthcare in other countries inside the European Economic Area (EEA).

An EHIC issued by the UK will still be valid until Exit Day. But if University-instigated travel is taking place on or after Exit Day, students should ensure they have registered for the University's travel insurance policy.

For personal travel we would recommend buying your own travel insurance to ensure you can access appropriate healthcare treatment. The government has advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover.

Information on these pages is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK government and national bodies for universities. However, we reserve the right to update and amend information as we seek further clarification on questions arising from the referendum.