As you may know, the United Kingdom is in the process of formally withdrawing from the European Union. We understand that as an EU citizen going to study in the UK, or as a British citizen going to study an EU country, you may have questions about future immigration changes.
At this time, negotiations are ongoing, and governments have put limited information forward. That being said, what is available should hopefully help alleviate concern.
It is not anticipated that students who are studying away for the Spring 2019 semester will be impacted. The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, however, there will be a transitional period in place and students should not be affected this spring.
The British government has provided information pertaining to the status of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit. While specific details regarding temporary immigration registration are not yet available, EU nationals who arrive in the UK before March 29, 2019 should be able to remain in the UK and complete their semester of study without issue. Furthermore, the British government has put forward that there will be a 2 year ‘implementation period’ where EU citizens will still be able to live, work, and study in the UK after going through a registration process.
The British government has also provided information pertaining to the status of British citizens in the EU. The EU has Brexit updates here. While specific details have yet to be negotiated, the government writes that “UK nationals lawfully residing in another EU Member State on March 29, 2019 will be covered by the citizens’ rights agreement." This agreement states that British nationals may need to “apply for a residency document or status conferring the right of residence” but that “administrative procedures for such applications will be transparent, smooth and streamlined.” We therefore anticipate that British citizens studying in an EU Member State on March 29, 2019 will be able to remain and complete their period of study without issue.
NYU is following these developments closely, and will be providing further updates as we receive them.