A message from the Principal, February 2020
St Clare’s, Oxford is a diverse, inclusive and international college and we will continue to welcome people from across the globe to study here.
Brexit is a difficult time for many and there remains some uncertainty around some of its impact. At St Clare’s, it is a priority for us to support our EEA students with the information, advice and support they may need.
We remain faithful to Anne Dreydel’s original vision for St Clare’s and are committed to our twin charitable objectives of advancing international education and understanding. We also want a post-Brexit immigration system that enables the UK to continue to attract students and staff from all over the world. Britain remains an outward-facing, tolerant and friendly country and we are optimistic that St Clare’s will continue to thrive.
For advice about the steps you may need to take in order to study at St Clare’s, please see below. We believe that the new system will be fairly straightforward to use.
I look forward to welcoming you to St Clare’s in the near future.
St Clare’s and EU/EEA nationals in the UK:
- No UK citizens and non-EU nationals are affected by any post-Brexit immigration changes.
- EU/EEA nationals will continue to be able to travel in and out of the UK relying on their passport or national ID card as they do now until at least 31 December 2020.
- You’ll have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for immigration status. If you arrive in the UK during the transition period after Brexit happens, you will also be eligible to apply.
- Applications under the EU Settlement Scheme are intended to be simple and straightforward and there is no application fee.
- Applicants will need to prove their identity; prove their residence; and pass criminal checks.
- Applicants can prove their identity via an Android or iPhone app.
- The preliminary decision will be given immediately after submission and a formal decision arrives a few weeks later.
- Applicants will not receive a document, but instead, their status can be checked online.
- St Clare’s IB20 students (these are students that graduate in May 2020) will only need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they are intending to stay on to attend university in the UK after they have left St Clare’s. Please check the destination university for more information.
- We advise that all new and existing students from the EEA, and all EEA students joining St Clare’s in September 2020 apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. This must be done by 31 December 2020.
- For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/studying-in-the-uk-guidance-for-eu-students