If you are an EEA student (EU, EEA and Swiss citizen) and you’re planning to study in the UK from 2021, you may need to apply to the UK’s new points-based immigration system. You can find out more on GOV.UK.


From January 2021, EEA students will also be subject to immigration rules.

The UK's new Student route, which falls under the UK's new points-based immigration system, will open to international and EEA students on 5 October 2020.

EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, should not apply through the route. They, and their family, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) can be found here.

Successful applicants to the EUSS can continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 and will be given either settled status or pre-settled status, depending on whether they have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period.

EEA students arriving on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student Route, ahead of arriving in the UK. This includes those who begin their course in autumn 2020. Further guidance for EEA students can be found here.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or already have indefinite leave to remain.

All students applying through the new Student Route will need to demonstrate they meet the required 70 points. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.

Please note that if you do not qualify for Pre/Settled status, we advise you to read out International Students guidance.