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EU referendum briefing

Here at Queen Mary, we are proud to be one of the most international universities in the world. Our work and our communities are enriched by a diverse staff and student community, who join us from over 150 countries.

Members of the Queen Mary Senior Executive are engaged in discussions with the government to ensure that the views and the requirements of universities, and of our staff and students, are considered as part of the UK’s approach to negotiations over our exit from the EU.

We continue to emphasise a fundamental commitment to our values and to the achievement of our educational and academic purposes through openness and an international outlook. We benefit greatly from the diversity of perspectives and talents that derives from being such an international institution, and we will work tirelessly to preserve this special character.

Brexit – how will it affect you?

The government has confirmed that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.

It has been confirmed in government statements that current EU students studying at UK universities will pay the same fees as 'home' students for the full duration of their course, even if the course finishes after the UK has left the EU.

EU students currently in higher or further education, who are eligible under current rules to receive loans and grants from the Student Loans Company will continue to do so for the courses they are currently enrolled on or about to start this coming year (2017-18).

For more information, please visit our EU referendum student FAQs page.

EU referendum: Support available for students

We have produced a set of student FAQs to help with any concerns you may have about your situation following the EU referendum.

Briefing for students – Brexit and its implications for EU students

Following the triggering of Article 50, we arranged briefing sessions and workshops for students with the opportunity to discuss student-specific issues and time with our immigration expert to ask questions.

Slides from these sessions can be downloaded below and you can access a recording from QReview

Brexit briefing slides - 25 May 2017 [PDF 782KB]

These sessions dealt with the application process for permanent residence and naturalisation as a British citizen. Please note that this is not a requirement of remaining in the UK. Our lawyer’s view, however, is that making this application may well be good evidence of the right to live and work in the UK at a future date after Brexit takes effect. While the terms on which EEA citizens may stay in the UK after this are to be negotiated, our lawyer feels this may well help in, for example, showing a future employer the right to work. 

Please note, at the date of application for permanent residence, you need to prove at least five years’ residence in the UK. Applying for permanent residence is the mandatory step prior to being able to apply for British citizenship.

For more information on applying for permanent residence as a student, see our immigration FAQs.

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