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EU referendum staff FAQs

The UK Government now has a webpage with the latest information about the status of EU nationals in the UK. The webpage will be regularly updated as negotiations progress. The webpage includes the UK Government’s policy document, which outlines a proposed offer to EU citizens resident in this country at the time of Brexit

There will not be any immediate change to: 

  • the immigration status of EU staff 
  • our participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 

Workshops and briefing sessions for EU staff 

Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm specialising in immigration law, delivered workshops and briefing sessions in October 2016 and May 2017 to support our EU staff and students through their own application process for permanent residency and naturalisation as a British Citizen. Watch a recording of the sessions on our dedicated QMplus Hub (please search for 'EU Referendum' under 'Groups', QMUL login required), along with slides and FAQs.

What our experts have to say

Visit our Brexit media pages for news and analysis from our Brexit and UK politics experts.

Got a question? Please contact your HR Partner. 

FAQs

Will my research funding from the EU continue?

The UK remains eligible to apply for EU funding, such as Horizon 2020, until the UK exits the European Union. For more information, read our briefing paper on the implications of UK exit on UK participation in EU research and innovation programmes (QMUL login required).

Please see the further statement from the Government on EU research funding.

Should I still apply for EU research funding?

Yes.

According to a statement from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Jo Johnson MP:

The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European research and innovation funding will be a matter for future discussions.

For more information, read our briefing paper on the implications of UK exit on UK participation in EU research and innovation programmes (QMUL login required).

Does the referendum result affect my immigration status?

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to work in the UK. If there were to be any changes to your ability to work in the UK in the future, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements have been reached in relation to issues such as freedom of movement.

If you have any concerns regarding your immigration status as a consequence of the referendum result, please contact your HR Partner.

What is QMUL doing politically to support EU staff?

QMUL is very much engaged in discussions with Government to ensure that the views and the requirements of universities, and of our staff and students, are considered as part of the UK’s approach to negotiations over our exit from the EU. Much of this activity is being channelled through sector representative bodies such as the Russell Group and Universities UK (UUK).

Updates from the Principal to all staff regarding the EU referendum and Brexit can be found on the Principal’s webpage (QMUL login required).

Do I need the support of an immigration expert to apply for a permanent right to stay in the UK?

If you wish to make an application for a permanent right to remain in the UK, you should be able to do so yourself using the QMUL FAQs, slides from our briefings and video from our briefings. However, if you have a particularly unique case, following are the details of immigration firms that you may wish to approach. QMUL will not be covering the cost of any applications or legal advice, but has negotiated preferential rates for QMUL staff with the following solicitors.

Adams Solicitors
Adams House
129 Mile End Road, E1 4BG
020 7790 2000
Download details: Adams Solicitos_services and prices

Matini Montecristo Solicitors
Lower Ground Floor
26 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DS
0207 448 3034
Download details: Matini Montecristo Solicitors_services and prices

Can the University help me apply for British citizenship?

Whether this is the right action for you to take will depend on your personal circumstances and the impact on your existing citizenship. More information is available on the Government website: www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen

QMUL FAQs, slides and a video from our briefings are available to support you in your application decisions.HR can provide you with any documentation required of an employer that is needed for your application. For assistance, please contact your HR Partner.

I am a Norwegian, Icelandic, Liechtenstein or Swiss national, how am I affected?

As with EU nationals, there is no impact on your employment status as a result of the referendum.

Will I have to pay for medical care?

Nothing has changed in relation to your ability to receive NHS medical care in the UK. Again if there were to be any changes in the future relating to access to medical care, we would not expect these to come into place until formal agreements had been reached regarding the status of EU citizens in the UK.

Do I need to get a residence card?

No, this is not a requirement of remaining in the UK. Our view, however, is that making this application may well be good evidence of the right to live and work in the UK at a future date after Brexit takes effect. While the terms on which EEA citizens may stay in the UK after this are to be negotiated, we feel this may well help in, for example, showing a future employer the right to work. FAQs on making an application can be found here.

I am feeling worried about the result of the referendum - who can I speak to?

We appreciate that the outcome of the referendum has created a period of uncertainty which is concerning and unsettling. You may find it helpful to talk your concerns through with a counsellor from our employee assistance programme,  Workplace Options. This is a free and confidential counselling service available to all QMUL staff. Call 0800 243458 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) or email: assistance@workplaceoptions.com.

I am concerned about feeling less welcome in the UK than before

Following the outcome of the referendum, Queen Mary confirmed our commitment to our values, recognising the great benefits that are brought to our community as a result of the diverse backgrounds of both our staff and students, and that the pursuit of academic excellence requires an outlook and activities that are truly international in their nature.

Working with the police, the local authority and other bodies, we will do everything to ensure that racial or xenophobic harassment does not occur in our QMUL community. If you can any concerns, please contact your HR Partner.

What support services are available for employees?

QMUL is supported by Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm specialising in immigration law, and will continue to provide additional support and information as the position on Brexit becomes clearer. Together we arranged a series of workshops in October 2016 and May 2017 to support our EU staff and students through their own application process for permanent residency and naturalisation as a British Citizen. Watch a recording of the sessions and download the slides from our dedicated QMplus Hub (please search for 'EU Referendum' under 'Groups', QMUL login required). All colleagues are welcome to join this group, which we have set up to provide an online community and opportunity for staff to share experiences and connect with each other.

FAQs on making an application can be found here.

Workplace Options is a free and confidential counselling service available to all QMUL staff. Call 0800 243458 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) or email: assistance@workplaceoptions.com.

For further support regarding racial and xenophobic harassment, please contact your HR Partner.

Further information

You may also find it helpful to take a look at both the Russell Group and UUK's websites as sources of further information and to understand what sector bodies are doing to influence the government’s position. 

Updates from the Principal to all staff regarding the EU referendum and Brexit can be found on the Principal’s webpage (QMUL login required). 

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