EU Staff at Aston and Brexit

EU Staff and brexit
This page has been designed to help to support our many staff across all areas of the University who are directly affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Message from Richard Billingham, Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development, 12 November 2020

Our staff and students remain our number one priority in responding to Brexit. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind staff of this as, with everything  else happening, the implications of Brexit have not had as much national attention as they might have done otherwise. If you're an EU staff member, rest assured that we are here to assist and advise you, or if you would like to talk to someone on a one-to-one basis, this can be arranged by contacting your HR Business Partner or emailing

Post-Brexit transition period / EU Settlement Scheme

The post-Brexit transition period is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020. Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme are still being processed during the Covid-19 pandemic. I would like to remind all EU, EEA or Swiss citizens who have not yet submitted an application for settled or pre-settled status to do so as soon as possible as this will protect you against any future immigrations policies. Any EU/EEA staff (excluding Irish Nationals who will retain the right to work in the UK) who have been working overseas during the Covid pandemic are very strongly encouraged to return to the UK before 31 December 2020 to make their application for pre-settled or settled status if they haven’t yet done so.

You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you will get either settled or pre-settled status.

The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021. However, we strongly advise colleagues not to leave it until then. It is possible that everyday occurrences such as moving to a new house might be become from difficult from January for those without settled or pre-settled status.

You can apply via the Government webpage

For the latest information on getting ready for Brexit, please visit

Letters confirming employment status at Aston University

EU and EEA colleagues may be planning to return home over the Christmas break and return in the New Year. Entry at UK borders will be different at that point and if you would like a document confirming your ongoing employment at Aston University, HR will be happy to provide a formal letter.

Although such a letter has no formal status and is by no means a requirement for travel, it can be useful in the event of a request at UK border control.

If you would like a letter to be sent to you please contact


We recognise that this will be a challenging time for many, particularly those staff from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who may be feeling particularly vulnerable.

If you need support, please talk to your line manager or your HR business partner. We also offer a range of wellbeing support, please visit our wellbeing page for more information.  

Aston staff with a British passport travelling to Europe

Travel to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein will change from 1 January 2021.

Things British passport holders may need to do before you go include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance that covers your healthcare
  • check you have the right driving documents

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

If you do not renew your passport, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You can check whether your passport is valid for the country you’re visiting here.

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Should you require more tailored advice, please contact a local immigration specialist or use one of the following organisations