Brexit – transition, immigration and settlement

November 23rd, 2020

The UK and European Union continue negotiations to secure a trade deal, which would need to be reached in the coming weeks to be ratified by the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021. The alternative remains for the UK to revert to World Trade Organisation rules. In either scenario, commentators are predicting a period of disruption.

The University’s Brexit team has recently reviewed central critical supply chains, alongside legal and contractual requirements and travel services, to reconfirm that they are resilient and prepared for whatever outcome emerges from the current negotiations.

Dedicated Brexit contacts in each school, department and professional service area have been asked to reconfirm local plans and highlight any services, materials, travel, contractual or legal commitments that might be affected during a period of disruption.

The Human Resources department has in particular requested that current staff who are EU nationals aim to secure pre-settled or settled status as soon as possible, if they have not already done so. For further support or information, please contact

Recruiting managers should also be aware that new immigration rules and costs will apply to new staff who are EU nationals arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 onwards. Appointment and arrival by 31 December 2020 would ensure eligibility for the EU Settlement Scheme and associated rights like access to public funds and bringing family members to the UK.

While the political situation continues to be uncertain, colleagues are invited to bookmark and study the University’s Brexit webpages which are updated regularly as new information is confirmed. Should you need further assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact your relevant Brexit contact listed on the webpages.

The University of Nottingham will remain a globally-focused University, supporting our EU colleagues and students and committed to the global values that make us who we are.

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