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 07/09/20 | Reviewed 26/03/21).

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 resident in the UK and entered the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 you will need to apply for EU Settled/Pre-Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme (before 30 June 2021), if you have not already obtained this status, in order to retain your right to live and work in the UK. 

 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 in order to qualify for settled status.
  • You have not yet applied for for EU Settled/Pre-Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme, you will need to apply (before 30 June 2021) in order to retain your right to live and work in the UK. 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) (or qualify for a coronavirus-related exemption).

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 and work in the UK after 1 January 2021.

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

 Right to Work status

There will be no change to the documents you are required to provide to evidence your Right To Work until 1 July 2021.

However, please note that after the end of the Brexit transition period you must hold the correct immigration status, as outlined above, in addition to your Right to Work status. 

(Updated 06/01/21 | Reviewed 20/07/21).

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen who arrived in the UK after 1 January 2021 and am interested in working for Imperial. Do I need a visa?

Imperial is the UK’s most international university and welcomes staff from all backgrounds and from all over the world. If you have seen a job at the College that interests you and you believe you meet the essential criteria, we encourage you to apply. 

If you are offered a job at the College and entered the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for and obtain an appropriate work visa under the new immigration system in order to be able to live and work in the UK. 

After you have been offered a job, the College’s Staff Compliance team will contact you with information about appropriate work visa route(s) and will support you with this process. The new immigration system has several routes suitable for College staff, including the Global Talent Visa, which Imperial campaigned for, and the Skilled Worker Route. 

The visa process is the same for EEA and non-EEA nationals. Irish nationals do not need a visa. EEA nationals applying from outside the UK are able to apply using an app and will be granted a digital immigration status (similar to the EU Settlement Scheme). 

You can find more detailed information about the different types of visas available and how to apply on the Staff Compliance webpages

Right to Work status

There will be no change to the documents you are required to provide to evidence your Right To Work until 1 July 2021.

However, please note that as the Brexit transition period has ended you must hold the correct immigration status, as outlined above, in addition to your Right to Work status. 

(Updated 06/01/21 Reviewed 20/07/21).

I am a British national resident in Europe before 31 December 2020. How will my immigration status be affected by Brexit?

If you were resident in Europe before 31 December 2020 you will need to apply for a residency permit (similar to the EU Settlement Scheme) before 30 June 2021, if you have not already obtained this status, in order to retain your right to live and work in your European country.

You can check the requirements for your European country on the GOV.UK website.  

(Updated 06/01/21 Reviewed 20/07/21).

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen living outside the UK but was working in the UK before 31 December 2020. How will my status be affected by Brexit?

If you were continuously resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 i.e. in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for up to 5 years in a row (or qualify for a coronavirus-related exemptionyou may be eligible to apply for EU Settled/Pre-Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you live outside the UK but worked in the UK before 31 December 2020 you may be eligible to apply for a free of charge frontier worker permit which will allow you to continue frontier working.

To be eligible for a frontier worker permit you must have:

  • been primarily resident outside the UK i.e.
    • spent less than 180 days in total in the UK over the course of any 12 month period; or
    • returned to the country you live in at least once every 6 months or twice in that 12 month period; and
    • started working in the UK while living elsewhere on or before 31 December 2020, either as an employed or self-employed person; and
    • come to the UK to work at least once every 12 months since then

Please noteIf you’ve not been able to come to the UK and work during a 12 month period for one of the specific reasons listed (including due to coronavirus disruption), you may still qualify as a retained worker or self-employed person status.

Your permit will last for 5 years, or 2 years if you hold retained status, and you can renew your permit, providing you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Although you will be able to continue to enter the UK to work using your passport and/or *national identity card, you will need to ensure that you apply for either EU Settled/Pre-Settled Status  or a frontier worker permit (dependent on your eligibility) by 30 June 2021 as you will need to provide evidence of your status from 1 July 2021.

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

(Updated 6/01/20 Reviewed 20/07/21).

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 have worked to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels throughout the Brexit negotiations: 

  • We successfully made the case for continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • We campaigned for and secured visa reforms that will offer easier access for global talent in the new immigration system.
  • 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. As the UK and the EU embark on their new relationship, we will continue to ensure that policymakers understand that collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best 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 cross-border data sharing in research projects be affected?

Data Protection legislation may change depending on further negotiations with the EU following the Brexit deal. This is likely to affect College research projects that include cross-border data sharing with European partners. 

Staff should check relevant contractual arrangements of their projects by following the College guidance 

(Updated 04/01/21 Reviewed 20/07/21).

 

Will I be able to apply for Horizon Europe funding?

Yes, UK researchers can apply for Horizon Europe funding. For more information, have a look at the Research Office’s EU Team Yammer or get in touch with the EU team.

 (Updated 29/4/21 Reviewed 20/07/21).

Will my existing Horizon 2020 grants stop because of Brexit?

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 05/01/21 / Reviewed 20/07/21).

Travel

Travel FAQ

Will travel be affected?

The new immigration system has come into effect on 1 January 2021. Visa-free travel for visits will continue between the EU and the UK. However, staff and students may need to renew their passport and check travel insurance and healthcare cover and they may need a visa or permit to stay for longer than 90 days in any 180-day period, to work or study.

EU nationals can continue to travel to the UK without a visa for visits shorter than 6 months and EU ID cards will be accepted at the border until October 2021.

In light of possible COVID-19 restrictions throughout Europe, staff and students should check each country’s travel advice page before travelling to and from the EU to see if any restrictions apply. It is also advisable to check with the travel operator/carrier.

 (Updated 04/01/21 / Reviewed 20/07/21).