The UK has given formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union (by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union), but still remains a member of the European Union. Therefore, there is no immediate change to the position of EEA nationals in the UK. Therefore, students and their family members can continue to exercise their residency rights in the UK.
The process of leaving the EU is likely to take a minimum of two years from the date the UK gave notification of its intention to leave the EU (29 March 2017). The position of EEA nationals in the UK remains unchanged throughout this time.
The Home Office published a statement soon after the referendum providing information on the status of EU nationals currently in the UK. This includes some information about the right of permanent residence and UK citizenship.
We do not yet know exactly what the future implications for residency will be for EEA nationals and their family members who wish to come to, or remain in, the UK to study. This will depend on how the UK and EU might agree to deal with transitional arrangements about the position of current and new students. The Free Movement blog has posted a briefing entitled Rights to Remain after Brexit which considers the rights of EU nationals in the UK when the UK leave the European Union, and another briefing entitled Securing EEA Nationals' Residence Rights. Migrants' Rights Network hosted a Q&A session to help provide some information and advice to EU nationals in the UK.
We will continue to publish relevant information here as soon as it becomes available.
The funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, have all given some reassurances to EU nationals about continuing student finance eligibility. See our information on Government Student Support that has been guaranteed as well as the impact on fee status assessments.
UKCISA priorities and concerns over Brexit
Read the seven principles and proposals that UKCISA has put forward to address the extensive concerns about the effect of Brexit on the continued mobility of international students – including young academics and researchers – and in particular on the position of EU and EEA nationals, and their dependants, who are currently in the UK.
Download UKCISA's seven principles and proposals