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 Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is now in force and there will be a transition period from 1 February until 31 December 2020.

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 can apply to have ongoing legal status to live and work in the UK through 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.

It is free to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and our HR team can support you through the process. Browse questions on the EU Settlement Scheme on the University's HR webpages.

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme on the government web pages.

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.

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 Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is now in force.

Researchers should continue to apply for funding from the EU.

UKRI has stated that UK scientists, researchers and businesses can continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in the Horizon 2020 programme, as if the UK remained a member state, even after the UK exits the EU on 31 January 2020.

This is because during the transition period the UK will continue to contribute to the EU budget and therefore remain in EU programmes as if it were a member state. UK-based researchers can bid for and participate in all Horizon 2020 calls that are issued by 31 December 2020, with any successful grants covered in full for the duration of the project.

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 which sets out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.

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

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


Travel


Is my EHIC still valid?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid for the transition period, which is until 31 December 2020. Whether the EHIC remains valid beyond then is subject to the negotiations between the UK and the EU.

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

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


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.

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 Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is now in force and there will be a transition period from 1 February until 31 December 2020.

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain in place until 31 December 2020.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply to have ongoing legal status to live in the UK through 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.

It is free to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and you can find out more information on the Student Services Information Desk webpage.

You can also find further details about the EU Settlement Scheme on the government web pages.

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.

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

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

If you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply to have ongoing legal status to live in the UK through 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.

It is free to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and you can find out more information on the Student Services Information Desk webpage.

Where can I go for more help?

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

If you are a student with dependants, please contact the Student Advice Centre. Students without dependants can contact International Student Support.

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 the 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.

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

The rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will remain the same until 31 December 2020, meaning that you can continue to live, work and study in the UK.

If you arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020, you can apply to 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 provides ongoing legal status to remain living, studying and working in the UK after the transition period.

It is free to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and you can find out more information on the Student Services information Desk webpage.


Fees and loans

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

EU students starting university in the 2020/21 academic year or earlier are eligible for home fee status for the duration of their course 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.


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.

The UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ during 2019/20.

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.


Travel

Is my EHIC still valid?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) remains valid for the transition period, which is until 31 December 2020. Whether the EHIC remains valid beyond then is subject to the negotiations between the UK and the EU.

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

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

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.