I am an EU citizen, and have started my course at a British university online. What can I do if I do not have settled/pre-settled status and I did not arrive in the UK before 31 December due to the pandemic?
If you are an EU citizen and are studying at a university in the UK already (i.e. you started your course before August 2021), you will be eligible for home fees for the duration of your degree. However, you need to have entered the UK before 31 December 2020 to be eligible for settled/pre-settled status.
If you have visited the UK in the past, but more than six months ago, you will likely not be able to show a ‘continuous residence’ that started before 31 December 2020, but seek advice because the Government have updated their Covid guidance for the EU Settlement Scheme, which includes concessions on longer absences related to Covid-19.
If you are not eligible for pre-settled status, you will now, instead, need to apply for a student visa under the new Immigration System.