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student visas for EU, EEA and swiss nationals

Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss student? Here’s what you need to know about getting your student visa

If you are in the UK or coming to the UK on or before 31 December 2020

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can still come to the UK until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

If you want to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for permission to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

If you have been in the UK but you have left

If you are currently in the UK but planning to leave before the 31st December, or you have been in the UK but have left the UK to return home for Christmas, the deadline to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme is 31st December 2020. You can apply from your home country. 

You must ensure that you apply before the deadline of 31st December 2020 to be able to re-enter the UK from the 1st January without a visa. 

A list of acceptable documents to prove your residency in the UK can be found here.

If you intend to arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and intend to arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a student visa under the UK Government's new Student Route.

You will need to apply before arriving in the UK.

If you began your course in autumn 2020 and have a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) issued on or after 5 October 2020, but haven't yet travelled to the UK, you will need to apply for a student visa under the new Student Route. 

Visit our Student Visas page for more information about the new Student Route. Further information about the new Student Route can also be found on the UKCISA website.

If you have been granted Settled or Pre-settled status

You do not need to apply for a Student Route visa if you have applied for, and been granted, Settled or Pre-settled status.

Further information about immigration for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found on the UKCISA website.

Contact us for more information

If you have any queries, please contact the International Student Advice team by emailing student-visa@port.ac.uk.

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