Working at Imperial 

We have listed the most common questions about Brexit and working at Imperial below. If you have further questions, please contact:

Please note: This content is reviewed regularly. If there has been an update to the content within the last fortnight there will be an asterisk (*) next to the relevant question. Each answer will display the dates when it was last updated and reviewed, e.g. (Updated 10/01/20 | Reviewed 10/01/20).

Update: Government published proposals for a new points-based immigration system on Wednesday. The new system would not apply until 1 January 2021.

From 1 January 2021, EEA and non-EEA citizens would be treated the same. Imperial staff and students that are EEA citizens and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 will not be affected by these proposals if they apply for the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. The College continues to support staff and students with this process. Those with settled status will be able to remain in the UK indefinitely whilst those with pre-settled status will be able to stay in the UK for up to 5 years (and then apply for settled status), and will not have to apply for a visa in the future. You can email if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen. How will my immigration status be affected by Brexit?

The UK government has committed to protect the rights of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members currently living in the UK. This includes the right to live, work and study here and access public services, such as healthcare, and benefits.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK before the UK leaves the EU

To retain these rights, all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme. You can find more information, including details about how Imperial will continue to support staff and students, on our dedicated EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 will have until 30 June 2021 to apply. 

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving in the UK after the UK leaves the EU

After we leave the EU, there will be a transition period during which freedom of movement will continue until the new immigration system comes into force on 1 January 2021.

This means there will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time. National identity cards will remain valid to enter the UK during this time, but this is likely to change in 2021 (31 December 2025 for Swiss citizens). We recommend that EU/EEA/Swiss citizens get a passport in as soon as possible if they have not got one already. EU/EEA/Swiss staff can still apply to the EU settlement scheme to retain their right to live and work in the UK.

Right To Work Evidence

Regardless of the date they arrive in the UK, there will be no change to the documents EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to provide to evidence their Right To Work until 1 January 2021 when the new immigration system is implemented.

You can find more detailed information in our dedicated EU Settlement Scheme FAQs

 (Updated 14/01/20 | Reviewed 03/07/20)

I’m concerned about Brexit. What is Imperial doing?

On the morning of the 2016 Brexit referendum result, Imperial’s President Alice Gast made it clear that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university.” We have lived up to that – and we will do so, whatever political challenges we may face.

We are working to influence government, officials and politicians in Westminster and Brussels.

  • We are making the case for continued access to EU programmes supporting excellent research, and guarantees on the rights of EU citizens.
  • As the UK reviews its entire immigration system, we are campaigning for visa reforms that will offer easier access for global talent, including international staff, students and recent graduates.
  • We have formed a seed fund to support new European research collaborations and are developing new European partnerships, such as that between Imperial Department of Mathematics and France’s CNRS research agency and Imperial and the Technical University Munich.

Imperial is a European university with global reach. Collaborating across borders with people from different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities is what drives the world’s best universities. It’s why Imperial is the UK’s most international university, and it’s one of the reasons we’re among the world’s top ten universities.



EU research funding at Imperial

The most common questions on Brexit and EU research funding at Imperial are listed below. If you have further questions, please contact

Research FAQs

Will my existing grants stop because of Brexit?

The UK has left the EU with a deal on 31 January. Nothing will change for existing EU grant holders and those whose grants are due to begin.  Funding from the European Commission will continue for the full duration of the grant.

(Updated 05/02/20 | Reviewed 03/07/20)

Should I apply for new grants?

Yes, you should continue to apply for new grants. The UK’s status will not change during 2020. Imperial researchers are continuing to apply for and win European research funding and the College is supporting new applications.

There are still many calls open across all of Horizon 2020 until the end of December 2020, including ERC grants and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. 

Please get in touch with the EU Team to discuss your interests.

(Updated 13/01/20 | Reviewed 03/07/20)

What about grant applications that will be evaluated after the UK has left the EU?

The UK has left the EU with a deal on 31 January. During 2020, all grant applications will be evaluated as before by the European Commission. 

Please get in touch with the EU Team if you are interested in submitting a bid. 

(Updated 05/02/20 | Reviewed 03/07/20)



I am a participant in a COST action.

COST Actions (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) are funded through Horizon 2020 and there is no change to current arrangements as a result of Brexit. 

(Updated  05/02/20 | Reviewed  03/07/20)


Travel FAQ

Will travel be affected?

Between the date on which the UK leaves the EU and 31 December 2020, a transition period will apply and all travel will continue as normal. 

 (Updated 28/01/20 | Reviewed 03/07/20)