The status of, and rules for, Europeans and their family members already resident, or arriving, in the UK before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 will not change. Those coming to the UK from January 2021 onwards will need to apply for a visa under a new immigration system starting in January 2021.
The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) is involved in discussions and consultations with the Home Office as well as other universities and organisations within our sector (such as the Russell Group, UK Research and Innovation, the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and Universities UK) on the requirements of the new immigration system.
Some details on what has been published so far about the new immigration system are provided below, and this will be updated as more details of the new system, and the new requirements for Europeans and their family members, are published.
The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) is happy to help with any queries and discuss what may be required depending on when Europeans and/or their family members will be coming to the UK.
The UK government published a policy paper in February 2020 which set out their plans for a new UK points-based immigration system. They then published a further policy paper in July 2020 providing further details on the new system which it is expected will launch on a trial basis in the Autumn of 2020 before coming into effect in January 2021.
Under the new immigration system European nationals, and their family members, coming to the UK from January 2021 onwards will have to apply for visas under the same rules as non-Europeans and will have to pay the same visa and Immigration Health Surcharge (NHS) fees.
The new points-based immigration system when launched will be based largely on the current immigration system but over time more points-based elements will be introduced. An overview of the new immigration system is provided on the Home Office website. The main elements of the new system, of relevance within the collegiate University, are:
Family members will be able to apply for Dependant visas under most of these visa routes and under the new immigration system it may be easier to switch from one visa route to another (as long as the relevant visa requirements can be met) without having to leave the UK, although switching from a Visitor visa will still not be permitted.
The main difference Europeans will encounter is that they will, in most cases, need to apply for and be granted a visa before coming to the UK and will have to pay visa fees and the NHS Surcharge. Current visa fees are detailed in the 'Costs' pages of the guidance on the current visa routes found at the links above. The Immigration Health (or NHS) Surcharge is a charge per year for the length of the visa, which must be paid in full when applying for the visa, and then ensures access to treatment through the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS Surcharge is currently £400 per year, but will increase to £624 per year, and £470 per year for Dependants under 18, in October 2020.
More details will be provided about the new visa routes as they are released later in 2020, but those with queries can contact the department, faculty, or college offering employment or hosting a visit in the first instance, or the Staff Immigration Team.
James BakerHead of Staff Immigration
tel: 01865 289908
Tim CurrieStaff Immigration Officer
tel: 01865 289903
Medical Sciences / Humanities / GLAM / UAS / Continuing Education / Colleges
Angelina Pelova Tel: 01865 289904 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Galloway Tel: 01865 289927 Email: email@example.com
MPLS / Social Sciences
Nina Song Tel: 01865 289926 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solveig Alsaker Tel: 01865 289912 Email: email@example.com