BREXIT & advice for EU, EEA & Swiss staff

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.

This means that there is a transition period until 31 December 2020 during which Europeans will continue to be able to travel to the UK to visit, study, or work as before using only their passport. The rights of those already in the UK will not change.



[UPDATED 17 August] ID document scanner locations still closed but postal route for submitting identity documents reopened

Non-European family members and Europeans who do not hold a biometric passport are unable to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled status through the Android or Apple iOs phone app. Normally they would instead attend an ID document scanner location or post their documents to the Home Office to be scanned, however, on 30 March the Home Office informed that these services had been suspended due to coronavirus. As a result, Non-European family members, and Europeans who cannot apply through the phone app for any reason, were not able to apply for Pre-Settled or Settled status.

On 17 August the Home Office confirmed that while the ID scanner locations are still closed, it is now possible to submit identity, and other supporting, documents by post so applications can now be submitted online by those unable to apply through the Android or iPhone app.

Please contact either or in the Staff Immigration Team with any queries.


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