EU Settlement Scheme and studying at Regent College
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and are living in the UK before the end of the transition period, you will need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to reside in the UK.
The UK left the European Union, and the transition ended on 31 December 2020.
If you or your family were living in the UK before the end of the transition period, you are welcome to continue to reside. However, you will still be required to apply for permission under the EU Settlement Scheme.
Eligibility for the EU Settlement Scheme
To be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme, you must have been a resident or residing in the UK by 31 December 2020. There are no financial requirements for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme are free. The online application process is simple. Applications can be made in the UK or overseas.
Download the Home Office app
You will not need to send your passport or EU ID card to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Instead, you can verify your identity using the EU Exit: ID documents Check app. This app is designed to read the chip in your passport.
If you cannot use the app, there are a few places where you can physically go and verify your documents. There may be a charge for this service.
Complete the online application form
Once you have verified your identity, you can complete the online application. You do not have to use the same device to verify your identity. You will be asked to declare any criminal convictions while making the application. Please note that serious convictions may affect your application.
Confirm your UK residence
UKVI will check your UK residency using HMRC (tax) records. Most people do not need to submit any evidence.
If your tax records still need to be completed (for example, if you have not been working), you may be asked to submit evidence of your residence in the UK. For this, you may need to request a student status letter which is asked for through your CSO or by emailing the visa compliance team at email@example.com.
A successful application under the EU Settlement Scheme will result in the following:
This will be granted if you have proven to have five years of continuous residency in the UK. Settled status will last indefinitely, and you may subsequently be able to apply for British Citizenship (subject to eligibility).
If you cannot prove that you have had five years of continuous residency, you will receive Pre-settled status (as long as you have lived in the UK at some point during the six months before you apply). This will last up to 5 years, during which time you can apply for settled status as soon as you are eligible.
Both settled and pre-settled status allows you to work, study and live in the Uk without restriction after the end of the transition period.
If your application is refused, you can apply for an administrative review or submit a new application in such cases. We recommend that you speak to the visa compliance team.
You must ensure that you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021. If you have not applied by this date, you may be considered an international student and require a CAS to continue studying with us. You will have to return to your home country to apply.
Rights to study check
If you are a new student looking to study at Regent College London, you must undergo a right-to-study check. Why you need to attend a Rights to study check?
When you come for Enrolment, you will be asked to bring all your documents to be verified. The Home Office requires all institutions to ensure that students have the right to Study in the UK.
You will be required to do a Rights to study check if you:
- Area new student or enrolling on a new course and your nationality to subject to immigration control
- You are returning to Regent College London after a leave of absence or suspension
- You are a returning resident and were not able to travel in the last year
- You are a returning student, and you have not yet provided all the required documentation
- You are a new student for any other reason
- You do not have a nationality listed on the student record
Please do not be worried about this check. It is unlikely that there will be any significant issues. We must check that the information you provide meets the UKVI requirements. This is to ensure that you have the right to study in the UK. We are required to store copies of the check as per the requirements of UKVI and our sponsor duties.
The right to study check is based on the nationality listed on the student’s college application. It is not based on your fee status.
If you cannot verify your status, we conduct another check with the Home Office called an Immigration history check. If we cannot prove your right to study in the UK, we may not be able to allow you to continue or start the course.
Documents required to conduct the right-to-study check
The documents must be the original (not scans or copies)
- Visa (BRP) and vignette sticker in the passport
- Evidence that you have made a new visa application (a receipt of your visa application)
- If you have digital status, you must give us a Share code.