First-year European Union students who were admitted to UK universities this autumn but are unable to travel to the country due to the epidemic have been hit by the ড 600 Brexit bill if they do not set foot on British soil before 31 December, campaigners have warned.
The Home Office said they would not be able to relocate due to Covid but would not qualify for EU pre-settlement status if they arrived after the end of the transition period.
This potentially means that thousands of students will have to pay 34 348 to apply for a visa, including charges 470 per year, on health charges, both after the new Brexit.
September 19 Mantas Goodellis, who began his degree in biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh in September, but studied at home in Vilnius, Lithuania: “The university has told us about this several times. This is sad for me because it is quite a financial loss. For more than four years, the health surcharge was ড 2,000 and a lot of money for my family, especially because of an epidemic of my parents. We should let the system come because it is not our fault. ”
Luke Piper, the campaign group’s three million lawyers and head of policy, expressed concern with the Home Office that many students face these costs and may be deprived of benefits that come with pre-settlement and settlement status, such as long-term accommodation, employment and social benefits.
“It simply came to our notice then. Many students have paid fees and started studying abroad so are actively studying at British universities. However, when we spoke to the government, they said that they needed a clear timeline for ending the independence movement on December 31, ”he said.
“They are students who were not able to come to the UK because of their own fault. We should be able to make an exception for this team. They can easily adapt to the EU settlement scheme, otherwise these students will have to pay extortion fees at the home office and potentially miss out on other opportunities. “
Arguably, students admitted to British universities this year did so under the Free Movement Act, which gave them the opportunity to receive home fees, so “it doesn’t seem right they can come here and study using these rights,” Piper added.
Approximately one and a half thousand students come to the UK from the European Union and other countries in the European Economic Area, according to Universities UK (UUK), educational institutions are helping to counsel their students.
A spokesman said: “All university enrolled EU students are working closely with home offices to ensure that they are aware of the UK’s requirements for pre-settlement status and have issued instructions to universities regarding changes to the EU’s latest immigration rules.”
For EU students who have not started studying in the UK before the end of the transition period, one issue is that they cannot provide proof of residence with rent receipts, utility bills or bank accounts.
Goodellis and three million European Union students are pushing to establish whether they will establish the right to pre-settlement status when they arrive in the UK shortly before 31 December.
According to the Home Office rules published on the official website, students only need to provide a document within the last six months to be granted pre-settlement status, including a “passport stamp entry confirmation at the UK border” or “used” travel ticket confirming you enter the UK from another country .
In a section entitled “Evidence that includes short time”, the Home Office said: “These documents count as evidence for one month if they have a single date.” A new trip to the UK is proposed and free movement rights, including New Year’s Eve. Enough to do
The Home Office has confirmed that in order to apply for a pre-settlement status of the case, “People only have to stay here for one day before 31 December. If a person arrives in the UK on 31 December, they will still be eligible to apply for a pre-settlement status.”
It gave no indication that it would arrive in EU students after 31 December but would be affected by the exceptional circumstances of admission to the class in 2020.
A spokesman said: “We have made it clear that students, like other EEAs and Swiss nationals, must be resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 in order to be eligible under the Civil Rights Agreement.”