As we near the end of the implementation period, we would like to highlight some key areas to help you understand the impact of Brexit including travelling in the EEA from January 2021, UK travel disruption and the new immigration system.
Disruption to travel, to and from Canterbury campus
Delays at channel ports and the closure of major roads for lorry parking may cause travel disruptions or delays when travelling to and from the Canterbury campus in early 2021, with potentially longer-term congestion.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that a significant proportion of staff are now able to work from home, staff who need to attend campus may be affected. If you are required to work on or attend campus, you might need to think about your travel plans and, if you have any concerns, you should discuss this with your line manager.
Travel delays for UK passport holders travelling to Europe
From January 2021, UK passport holders are encouraged to check the new requirements before travelling which includes passport validity, insurance and allowing additional time for increased checks at points of entry to the EEA. If you are travelling for business, including teaching at our EU campuses, please ensure you refer to the latest Government and Key Travel advice.
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
The EUSS is open until 30 June 2021 for EEA nationals resident in the UK before the end of the implementation period (31 December 2020). In order to qualify, you must be resident in the UK but it is not mandatory that you have commenced employment or your studies. Pre-Settled status will be granted if you have less than five years’ residency and Settled Status will be granted if you have five years or more.
EEA staff, and their families, are strongly encouraged to apply to the scheme to ensure their current rights are protected. If you do not obtain Settled or Pre-Settled status, you may be required to apply for a visa under the new immigration system should you change employers from July 2021. You will also need to provide evidence of your Settled or Pre-Settled status from July 2021 when opening a new bank account, obtaining a new rental tenancy agreement or applying for a mortgage.
If you require guidance or have any queries regarding the scheme, please contact our dedicated email address: staffEUqueries@kent.ac.uk.