Human Resources

The Current Position of the UK Government to EU citizens living in the UK

On 21 June 2018, the Government indicated that it will introduce a new process to allow EU citizens to gain settled status when the UK withdraws from the EU next year.

It will introduce an online procedure in which applicants will need to prove their identity, show that they live in the UK and make a declaration that they have no serious criminal convictions.

We welcome this clarification which will be of great comfort to present and future staff and students at Birkbeck who have endured a lengthy period of uncertainty about their status. We hope this will give assurance and enable those of you who are affected to plan your lives. For many, this process will bypass the need for proof of residence as this will be checked automatically, and it will also give clarity to those of you who have not yet lived in the UK for five years but can begin to plan for your future with ‘pre-settled status’.

Birkbeck has a deserved reputation for its international outlook, and in conjunction with the long-established mission to widen participation, this is an important step in ensuring we continue to welcome talent and excellence from around the world to enhance our teaching, research and student population.

The Government have produced an EU Settlement Scheme Briefing pack for employees from the EU and their managers, this can be found using the following link:

You can read more about the EU Settlement Scheme plans in the Government’s full statement of intent and in the news announcement here. We recognise this has been unsettling period for many of you and has caused enormous anxiety. Whilst we are unable to provide specific advice on this, we hope the recent statement of intent provides a level of reassurance.

In closing, whilst we are not able to provide specific advise on this,  if you are feeling anxious please do feel free to access the staff counselling services as they may be able to provide some additional support. The details of the service can be accessed here .

The College commits to all EU colleagues working at the College in any capacity, as soon as there are any significant developments or agreements over the legal position and any related processes that individuals would be required to follow, that we will provide all necessary support and assistance in aid of any residency application requirements.

Meantime, whilst the negotiations are progressing, the latest key Brexit information can be obtained via the following recommended websites:

UK Government guidance:

UCEA (Universities and Colleges Employers Association) guidance:

Universities UK

Additionally, you can subscribe to the Gov.UK email alert service for automatic updates whenever Brexit policy is published or updated:

Brexit advice to Birkbeck students is here:

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