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EU referendum staff FAQs

The UK government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU. A summary of what has been agreed is below, and you can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website

  • EU citizens who arrive by 29 March 2019 and have lived in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’.
  • People who won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave, but arrive here by 29 March 2019, will be able to apply for permission to stay on until they reach the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
  • All family members who are living with or join EU citizens by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. Children born after exit are protected if their parents are protected. Close family members will be able to join their families in the UK after exit.
  • EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be able to apply for their new status through a new streamlined, user-friendly application scheme, due to launch in late 2018.
  • Rights to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK will remain the same.
  • The agreement extends the citizens’ rights protections above to include EU citizens and their family members arriving in the UK during the implementation period (from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020). This ensures that those planning to come to the UK after March next year know what the arrangements will be. During this time, new arrivals will need to register through a new Home Office registration scheme after three months in the UK. 
  • There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage, but you can sign up for email updates to receive an alert when there is further news on the application scheme.

Further details, case studies and resources are available on the EU citizens' rights website

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

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Got a question? Please contact your HR Partner. 

FAQs


The UK remains eligible to apply for EU funding, such as Horizon 2020, until the UK exits the European Union. 

The UK government and the EU have now agreed that the UK will contribute to the annual budgets for the years 2019 and 2020 (the remaining two years of the EU budget after the exit) as if it remained in the EU. This means that UK universities and researchers will continue to be able to participate in Horizon 2020 until the programme's end date. 

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.


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."

The UK government and the EU have now agreed that the UK will contribute to the annual budgets for the years 2019 and 2020 (the remaining two years of the EU budget after the exit) as if it remained in the EU. This means that UK universities and researchers will continue to be able to participate in Horizon 2020 until the programme's end date. 

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).


The UK government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU. A summary of what has been agreed is below, and you can find full information on the EU citizens' rights website

  • EU citizens who arrive by 29 March 2019 and have lived in the UK for 5 years will be able to apply to stay indefinitely by getting ‘settled status’.
  • People who won’t have been here for 5 years when we leave, but arrive here by 29 March 2019, will be able to apply for permission to stay on until they reach the 5-year threshold. They can then also apply for settled status.
  • All family members who are living with or join EU citizens by 29 March 2019 will also be able to apply for settled status after 5 years in the UK. Children born after exit are protected if their parents are protected. Close family members will be able to join their families in the UK after exit.
  • EU citizens looking to remain in the UK will be able to apply for their new status through a new streamlined, user-friendly application scheme, due to launch in late 2018.
  • Rights to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK will remain the same.
  • There is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to do anything at this stage, but you can sign up for email updates to receive an alert when there is further news on the application scheme.

Further details, case studies and resources are available on the EU citizens' rights website

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


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).


The UK government has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the EU that safeguards the rights of EU citizens and their families once the UK leaves the EU. Full information on the EU citizens' rights website

If you do still wish to make an application for a permanent right to remain in the UK at this stage, you should be able to do so yourself using our immigration FAQs, along with slides and videos from our briefings (please see workshops and briefings above). However, if you have a particularly unique case, below 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 Solicitors_services and prices [PDF 689KB]

Matini Montecristo Solicitors
Lower Ground Floor
26 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DS
0207 448 3034
Download details: Matini Montecristo Solicitors_services and prices [PDF 281KB]


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

Our , slides and a video from our briefings (please see above) 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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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