Brexit & EU EEA Pupils
St. James' will continue to welcome European pupils and encourage applications from interested families. Our International and European pupils are a huge part of our St. James' family and bring benefits in all aspects of school life.
- The UK currently remains a member state of the European Union.
- You continue to benefit from EU free movement rights, meaning you enter and study in the UK without requiring immigration permission.
- The UK government intends to end free movement after 31st January 2020.
- Your status will not be affected immediately if you are already studying at St. James' prior to Brexit day on 31st January 2020.
- If you wish to remain studying in the UK beyond 31 December 2020, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme which is a new requirement in immigration law which asks EEA citizens to register the fact that they study in the UK and apply for the right to continue to study in the UK after free movement between the UK and the EU has ended. Registration will need to happen between the introduction of the process and, at latest, 30 June 2021.
- If an EU/EEA child wishes to study at St. James' after 31st December 2020, a system of immigration controls and constraints for EEA citizens are likely to be implemented after Brexit.
- Pupils are likely to be treated the same as non-EEA students if first arriving after 31 December 2020 with an amended version of the current immigration rules in place. (Tier 4 Visa)
Currently there are no requirements for EU/EEA pupils to have visas until after 31st December 2020.
We will continue to update the situation regarding EU/EEA pupils as more information is released.
All EU/EEA pupils studying at St. James' will be provided with a hard copy letter of confirmation from the Headmaster indicating they are full time students at the school to help ease transit through immigration control.