UKCISA and its member institutions obviously have extensive concerns about the effect of Brexit on the continued mobility of 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.
We put forward the following principles and proposals, endorsed by our Board, which would, we believe, reduce anxiety amongst these groups, generate trust and help to maintain the UK’s position in the run-up to and following Brexit, as one of the most attractive destinations for international students in the world.
- That any changes to immigration status and consequent entitlements to access benefits and services (for example ‘home’ tuition fees, Student Support, NHS) should only apply to those European nationals who arrive in the UK after the UK’s exit from the EU.
- That the eligibility of those students who plan to arrive in 2018 to loan funding and ‘home’ fee status should therefore be confirmed as soon as possible.
- That any special provisions agreed for European nationals benefit not just EU nationals, but also ‘non-EU’ EEA nationals (from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein ), Swiss nationals, and the family members of all of these groups (whether or not those family members are European nationals).
- That all European nationals already in the UK at the point when the UK leaves the EU have fully preserved rights (a ‘standstill’ clause) to ensure that they and their family members can continue with their studies through to obtaining their qualifications.
- That those who attain the right of permanent residence under European law continue to have their settled status recognised indefinitely.
- That the Home Office deal with individuals’ applications for confirmation of their right of permanent residence under European law promptly.
- That the Home Office accept that their current requirement for students to show evidence of having been covered by comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) or an EHIC card continually throughout the five-year qualifying period for the right of permanent residence is unjust and unfair, as so many believed that neither of these would ever be required as they had full entitlement to the NHS.
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