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Welcome progress on EU nationals arriving during Brexit transition

Universities UK has welcomed the UK government announcement that EU nationals who arrive in the UK during the transition period after Brexit will be eligible for indefinite leave to remain. 

Those who arrive after the UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019 will be required to register if they wish to stay in the UK for longer than three months. They will then be allowed to stay for five years and qualify to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. 

The announcement should provide greater certainty for EU students and university staff arriving during this post-Brexit transition period.

Universities UK said: "We ​welcome the fact that EU migrants who come to Britain during the Brexit transition will have the right to settle permanently in the UK. This will help ensure that talented EU staff and students can continue to work and study in the UK during this period and provide certainty to employers. It is important that there are minimal barriers for non-UK university staff and students arriving during this time.

"This immigration system should be coupled with renewed, government-backed efforts to promote the UK's universities internationally, communicating a welcoming and consistent message

"Longer term, the UK must develop a post-Brexit immigration system that encourages talented international staff and students to choose the UK."


  1. For more information, see the UK government announcement: Factsheet: EU citizens who move to the UK during the implementation period

  1. For more information on the possible implications of Brexit for universities, please see our Brexit FAQs

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

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Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


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