Working at Imperial 

We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and working at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact: brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk

Please note: This content is reviewed regularly. If there has been an update to the content within the last fortnight there will be an asterisk (*) next to the relevant question. Each answer will display the dates when it was last updated and reviewed, e.g. (Updated 10/01/20 | Reviewed 10/01/20).

Update: The proposed new points-based immigration system will not apply until 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021, EEA and non-EEA citizens would be treated the same. Imperial staff and students that are EEA citizens and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will not be affected by these proposals if they apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. The College continues to support staff and students with this process. Those with settled status will be able to remain in the UK indefinitely whilst those with pre-settled status will be able to stay in the UK for up to 5 years (and then apply for settled status), and will not have to apply for a visa in the future. You can email brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen resident in the UK before 31 December 2020. How will my immigration status be affected by Brexit?*

If you are currently resident in the UK and:

  •  You have already obtained settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will retain your right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits after the UK has left the EU. 
  • You have not yet applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to do so if you wish to retain your right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits after the UK has left the EU. You will need to be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and apply by 30 June 2021. 

 

If you are normally resident in the UK and are currently authorised to work remotely overseas and:

  • You have already obtained settled status, you can leave the UK for up to 5 consecutive years without losing your right to return.  
  • You have already obtained pre-settled status, you can leave the UK for up to 2 consecutive years without losing your right to return.  You will need to maintain your continuous residence i.e. be in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row if you want to qualify for settled status.
  • You have not yet applied for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to do so if you wish to retain your right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits after the UK has left the EU. You can apply from outside the UK as long as you have been continuously resident in the UK for at least 6 months within the last 12 months (before 31 December 2020) and apply by 30 June 2021.
  • Please note that if you do not maintain your continuous residence in the UK then you may be required to apply for and obtain a visa under the new points-based immigration system in order to be able to live, work and study in the UK after 1 January 2021.

You can find more information on our dedicated EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

 

Right To Work Evidence

There will be no change to the documents EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to provide to evidence their Right To Work until 1 January 2021 when the new points-based immigration system is implemented.

(Updated 7/9/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

 

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen arriving in the UK after 1 January 2021. How will my immigration status be affected by Brexit?*

If you are due to arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021 then you will be required to apply for and obtain a visa under the new points-based immigration system in order to be able to live, work and study in the UK. 

Please note that further information about the new system will be provided as further details and/or clarifications become available. 

In the meantime, prospective new staff and their departments may wish to consider if it is feasible to arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 in order to be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme and avoid the need to apply for a visa under the new system.

(Updated 7/9/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

  • We are making the case for continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • As the UK reviews its entire immigration system, we are campaigning for visa reforms that will offer easier access for global talent, including international staff, students and recent graduates.
  • We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.

Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of the reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.

 

 

EU research funding at Imperial

The most common questions on Brexit and EU research funding at Imperial are listed below. If you have further questions, please contact brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk.

Research FAQs

Will my existing grants stop because of Brexit?

The UK has left the EU with a deal on 31 January. Nothing will change for existing EU grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin.  Funding from the European Commission will continue for the full duration of the grant.

(Updated 05/02/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

Should I apply for new grants?

Yes, you should continue to apply for new grants. The UK’s status will not change during 2020. Imperial researchers are continuing to apply for and win European research funding and the College is supporting new applications.

There are still many calls open across all of Horizon 2020 until the end of December 2020.

Please get in touch with the EU Team to discuss your interests.

(Updated 25/01/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

What about grant applications that will be evaluated after the UK has left the EU?

The UK has left the EU with a deal on 31 January. During 2020, all grant applications will be evaluated as before by the European Commission. 

Please get in touch with the EU Team if you are interested in submitting a bid. 

(Updated 05/02/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

 

 

I am a participant in a COST action.

COST Actions (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) are funded through Horizon 2020 and there is no change to current arrangements as a result of Brexit. 

(Updated  05/02/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)

Travel

Travel FAQ

Will travel be affected?*

The transition period, during which freedom of movement and travel will continue, will remain until the new immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021.

This means there will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time. 

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will require a passport to enter the UK from October 2021We recommend that you apply for and obtain a passport as soon as possible if you do not already have one

For travel after 1 January 2021 we recommend that EU/EEA/Swiss citizens carry relevant documents evidencing their UK immigration status.

 (Updated 08/10/20 | Reviewed 16/10/20)