BREXIT & advice for EU, EEA & Swiss staff


Immigration update: end of the BREXIT transition period

As the transition period, which permitted EU nationals to live and work freely in the UK, ended on 31 December 2020 it is important that HR teams are aware of the impact this will have on the recruitment of EU staff. Please see the SIT news article from October discussing recruitment from 2021.


The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 with a deal in place, as the European Union Withdrawal Act was passed by parliament and backed by the leaders of the 27 EU countries. The transition period until 31 December 2020 has now also passed, so while the rights of those already in the UK before the end of 2020 will not change, Europeans coming to the UK for the first time from 1 January 2021 onwards will need to enter under the correct UK visa route.



We are here to help


Ever since the EU referendum result was announced, the University has been clear that European staff are greatly valued members of the Oxford community. It is committed to ensuring that all European colleagues keep the rights and freedoms they currently enjoy.

The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) are here to assist anyone within the collegiate University with queries about their own status as a European and that of their family members, or about the status of European staff, and the applications they may wish to make.

The EU Settlement Scheme opened fully on 30 March 2019 and the process of applying for Pre-Settled or Settled status should be fairly straightforward in most cases.

If you wish to discuss your status or have questions about the EU Settlement Scheme, please contact either or in the Staff Immigration Team.

Please email if you would like to be added to a mailing list to receive updates from the University when announcements are made by the government that may affect EU/EEA staff.


Who to contact 

James Baker
Head of Staff Immigration 

tel: 01865 289908


Tim Currie
Staff Immigration Officer

tel: 01865 289903