The UK may have left the EU, but here at BIMM, we are determined to keep our community of creative students as diverse and vibrant post-Brexit as always. We are committed to being a friendly international community.
And we want to make sure you have all the information you need about Brexit and how it affects you. Whether you’re looking to study at BIMM or are a current student, this page should help answer any questions you may have.
This page was last updated on 3rd February 2020
The UK exited the EU on 31st January 2020 under the Withdrawal Agreement. We are currently in the post-Brexit transition period which is scheduled to end on 31st December 2020.
This information was correct at the time of writing and is subject to change. We will keep our pages updated with any developments which may affect you.
BIMM receives applications from all over the world. We have representatives and agents in the EU/EEA and other overseas regions. And last year, we enrolled over 1000 students from overseas countries. We know how important it is that this continues.
That’s why we are continuously developing partnerships abroad to raise awareness of our Degree and Diploma courses, which are recognised worldwide. Our dedicated admissions team will ensure your application process is easy to navigate and that you are well-informed throughout.
Are my course fees affected by Brexit?
There will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU students applying to courses at BIMM Institute starting in 2020-21 and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.
Find out more about ‘home’ fee status eligibility on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.
Will my student loan eligibility be affected?
If you’re starting a course in the 2020-21 academic year, and are eligible under the current rules to receive loans from Student Finance England, you will continue to remain eligible for the duration of your course.
EU student funding will continue for 2020/21 (announced May 2019)
The Department of Education has announced that EU student funding will continue for the 2020/21 academic year.
This means that if you’re an EU student wanting to start university in 2020, you will remain eligible for undergraduate financial support for the duration of your course in England – just like current UK students. And this will stay in place even if your course finishes after the UK’s exit from the EU.
You’re also eligible for home fee status, meaning you’re charged the same tuition fees as UK students.
Your rights as an EU citizen
There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK until at least 2021. The status of EU citizens after the UK leaves the EU depends on the negotiations and future deals between the UK and EU.
Sign up for email updates from the UK Government to get the latest information on the status of EU citizens in the UK.
Are my tuition fees affected by Brexit?
There will be no change to the tuition fee status of current EU students and fees will continue to be at the applicable Home fee rate for the duration of your course.
Find out more about ‘home’ fee status eligibility on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.
How will Brexit affect my student loans?
If you’re continuing a course in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic year, and are eligible under the current rules to receive loans from Student Finance England, you will continue to remain eligible for the duration of your course.
Find out more about student finance eligibility on the UKCISA website.
Citizens rights’ after the UK leaves the EU
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021.
To continue living, working and studying in the UK after the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020), you and your family must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Successful applications will be granted ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status, depending on how long you have been living in the UK.
Those with five years’ continuous residency will be granted settled status and those with less than five years will be granted pre-settled status.
Those granted settled status can stay in the UK as long as they like. Those granted pre-settled status can stay for a further five years from the date they get pre-settled status and can apply for settled status once they reach five years of continuous residency.
With settled or pre-settled status you’ll be able to:
- Work in the UK
- Use the National Health Service
- Enrol in education or continue studying
- Access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them
- Travel in and out of the UK.
Do I need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme?
Students on programmes that end after 31 December 2020
If you arrived in the UK before 31 December 2020 and your programme will end after 31 December 2020, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Without settled or pre-settled status, you will no longer have the same residential status in the UK beyond 31 December 2020 and will be required to apply for a visa under the new immigration system which is being introduced from January 2021.
If you have not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme, your ability to remain on your programme may be affected after 31 December 2020 until you have applied for a visa.
Note that Irish citizens and students with indefinite leave to remain in the UK do not need to apply.
Students on programmes ending before 31 December 2020
If your programme ends before 31 December 2020, and you are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, it is your choice whether or not you do so. This will depend on your plans after BIMM, and whether you intend to stay living in the UK after 1 January 2021.
However, if you are an EU/EEA/Swiss students and you are eligible to make an application to the Settlement Scheme, we advise you to do so. If you do so, it will keep your options open in case your circumstances or plans change. For example, you may decide that you wish to stay on in the UK for further study, or for a job opportunity.
The settlement scheme is not only for those who intend to remain in the UK long term after studying. It is an immigration permission which will enable those who are here now to stay after Brexit, should they wish to do so.
If you do not secure your status through the EU Settlement Scheme and subsequently decide, after the application deadline, that you wish to remain in the UK, you would need to apply for another immigration status under the new immigration system which is being introduced from January 2021. See further information on the UK Government’s proposals.
The application process has been designed to be easy and user-friendly, and there is no fee.
How do I make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme?
The UK government have produced a step by step guide on applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have also produced guidance on how to apply.
Proof of identity
You should use the ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app to complete the identity stage of your application.
The app will:
- check that your identity document is genuine
- verify that the document belongs to you.
You must use either:
- Your biometric passport from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
- Your UK residence card with a biometric chip if you are the non-EU family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.
There is further guidance on using the app on the UK government webpages.
Proof of residence
The Home Office will do checks against other government databases to check that you have been resident in the UK. You will be asked to provide your National Insurance (NI) number, if you have one.
There is no requirement for you to have a NI number or to have worked in the UK to be eligible under the scheme. If you do not have one, the Home Office will ask you for evidence from a list of documents in Annex A of the Home Office guidance on the settlement scheme.
- How do I know that I am resident in the UK and eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme?
- What is the difference between settled and pre-settled status?
- Is the application process different for settled and pre-settled status?
- How do I prove my residence?
- I have dual nationality. Should I apply for settlement status?
- If I leave the UK, do I lose settled status?
- How will BIMM keep me updated?
- Where can I find further information?
How do I know that I am resident in the UK and eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme?
If you started living in the UK before 31 December 2020 you are considered as resident, and therefore eligible to apply.
An exception to this is if you are a registered student and are currently overseas for study purposes (such as study abroad, a work placement or research fieldwork). In this case you are permitted to be absent for a single period of up to 12 months and can apply from overseas.
What is the difference between settled and pre-settled status?
Settled status – allows you to remain in the UK indefinitely and you can continue to study and work without restriction. You can also access any public funds you may be eligible for and use the National Health Service (NHS). You are free to travel in and out of the UK.
After obtaining settled status you can spend up to five years outside the UK without losing your status and you can choose to apply for British citizenship.
Pre-settled status – gives you permission to remain in the UK for a further five years from the date that you were granted this status. Once you have reached five years continuous residence, you can apply again to obtain settled status if you want to remain in the UK longer. However, you must apply before your five years on pre-settled status expires if you wish to remain in the UK.
Whilst in the UK with pre-settled status you can continue to study and work in the UK without restriction. You can also access any public funds you may be eligible for and use the National Health Service (NHS). You are free to travel in and out of the UK.
After obtaining pre-settled status you can spend up to two years outside the UK without losing your status.
Is the application process different for settled and pre-settled status?
The application for settled or pre-settled status is the same process through the EU Settlement Scheme. You don’t need to choose which status you are applying for.
Settled status – to be granted settled status you must complete the EU Settlement Scheme application and demonstrate that you have been resident in the UK for the last five years with no absences of longer than six months in any 12 month period. In exceptional circumstances, a one-off absence from the UK of up to 12 months (such as for study abroad, pregnancy, childbirth or work posting can be discounted as absence. Any periods of compulsory military service are also allowed.
You must have started living in the UK before 31 December 2020. If you are under 21 and are applying with your parents, you may not need to have been resident in the UK for five continuous years to obtain settled status if your parent(s) have met the requirements.
Pre-settled status – to be granted pre-settled status you must complete the EU Settlement Scheme application and demonstrate that you are resident in the UK.
You must have started living in the UK before 31 December 2020 but there is no minimum time you need to have spent in the UK in order to be eligible.
How do I prove my residence?
Settled status – to be granted settled status, you will need to evidence that you have been resident in the UK for five continuous years. If you have been working in the UK during the last five years, the easiest and quickest way to prove this is by providing your National Insurance (NI) number on the form. UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) can check this with HM Revenues & Customs by accessing your NI records. In this case no further documents will be needed to prove residence.
If you have not been working some or all of the last five years, you can upload evidence of your residence to your application. Acceptable documents include annual bank statements, letters from your school or university confirming your attendance, or tenancy agreements. All documents you provide must be dated and have your name on them. Further details are available online.
If you have had an absence from the UK of longer than six months but less than 12 months for one of the ‘exceptional’ reasons listed above, you will need to provide official evidence.
Pre-settled status – if you have been resident in the UK for any period of time less than five years, you will need to provide evidence that you were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 when you apply.
Only one piece of evidence of residence is required to obtain pre-settled status. The document must be less than six months old. If you have a National Insurance (NI) number and you have been working, the NI number should be sufficient evidence for pre-settled status.
If you don’t have a NI number and/or you haven’t been working, you can provide other evidence to support your application. Acceptable documents include a student status letter from the University.
I have dual nationality. Should I apply for settlement status?
You will not need to apply if you have dual British citizenship. If you have dual EU and non-EU nationality, you can apply for settlement status using your EU passport.
If I leave the UK, do I lose settled status?
If you have settled status, this would be lost after an absence of five years from the UK (this is still subject to approval from Parliament).
If you have pre-settled status, this would be lost after an absence of more than two years from the UK.
If you lose your status and you are no longer eligible to apply under the settlement scheme, you will only be able to apply under any other category of the Immigration Rules in place at the time you wish to come to the UK.
How will BIMM keep me updated?
BIMM Institute will communicate with current students directly via your student email address when there are significant updates. This website will also be regularly updated and revised to reflect up-to-date information.
Where can I find further information?
The UK Council for International Student Affairs’ website has lots of information about Brexit which is specific to students.