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Information and Support for EU and International Colleagues

Message from the Vice-Chancellor:

We recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution that all our EU and international colleagues bring, through their research, teaching and through the internationalisation of our University in general.  Northumbria remains a global University, committed to working with our partners and building relationships and collaborations locally, nationally and internationally.  

We continue to encourage, and invest in attracting, a diverse mix of colleagues and students from across the globe, as well as support their development and help them to become part of the Northumbria community and contribute to its future.  Our Vision and Corporate Strategy provide a strong basis for this work and for meeting the challenges, and maximising the opportunities that lie ahead.   


Support for Staff

Northumbria continues to welcome and support EU and international colleagues following the referendum outcome to leave the EU.

Any EU colleague who applies for permanent residence in the UK or British Citizenship will have the application fee refunded by the University.  To claim the refund colleagues should complete a Staff Expenses Claim form and submit this to their Faculty/Service.

The University also reimburses immigration costs that are essential in order for international colleagues to be employed by the University, including the postal visa application fee under Tier 2 (General), NHS surcharge under Tier 2 (General) and Settlement/Indefinite Leave to Remain application fee for those employed on a Tier 2 visa.  Please refer to the Immigration Fees Reimbursement Policy.

In addition, the University is also able to offer EU and international colleagues an interest free short-term loan to help them with any other immigration application costs for themselves and dependents. Please refer to the Immigration Fees Short-Term Loan Scheme.  

If you have any queries regarding Brexit, please contact Vicky Petersen, Human Resources Manager


EU Settlement Scheme

Details of the EU Settlement Scheme in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement can be found here.  

You can find out more by visiting to:

  • Get email alerts
  • Get more detail on the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Find out about next steps and citizenship


Please note an android phone is available within HR which colleagues can access should they need to in order to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme – please contact Vicky Petersen,

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020

There is now transition period until 31 December 2020 while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can protect your rights by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to stay in the UK

Click here to find out more about what actions you and your family can take now to prepare for the UK's exit from the EU.


  • EU nationals residing in the UK before 31 December 2020 are eligible for settled status when they have been resident for five years. This will give the right to live and work in the UK indefinitely. Those who do not have five years' continuous residence can apply for pre-settled status, giving them the right to remain until they reach the five-year mark, at which point they can apply for settled status.
  • EU nationals who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to make an application. Individuals will need to apply for settled status even if they have previously obtained evidence of permanent residence status.
  • Citizens of the other EEA countries (Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and Swiss nationals can also apply under the settlement scheme.


Legal Support

Halliday Reeves Law offer:

  • A dedicated point of contact for initial enquiries with a University bespoke email address
  • Direct access to their lawyers advising via email, direct dial telephone number, Skype, SMS and Whatsapp.
  • Face to face meetings available in local offices
  • Fixed Fee One Off Advice: (£50 plus VAT) - This is a service for those wanting some guidance and reassurance only on their options / application to then go on and prepare the application themselves. Anyone who goes on to decide they would like Halliday Reeves to prepare the application in full for them will have the cost of the one off advice deducted from the already discounted quote
  • Full Advice and Application preparation: at a 10% discounted fixed fee for the main applicant and any dependants.- A fixed fee quote will be given to you in advance.
  • New Check and Send Service: (£432 (discounted) plus VAT if applicable) - For those who would like to prepare their application themselves but would like the security of a specialist checking through it before submission


Anyone wishing to discuss this further with Halliday Reeves can contact them on


Further Information

Home Office information:

For the latest information from the Home Office visit:


Universities UK information:

For the latest information from Universities UK visit:  Universities UK Brexit.


Horizon2020 Guarantee

For the latest information on Horizon 2020 funding visit the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) website.


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