What will be the impact of Brexit if I wish to study in the U.K.? (precisions from question 3)
Until 31 October 2019
The current situation is maintained. As long as you meet the conditions under European law, you benefit from a residence right to follow your studies. However, you need to be covered by a comprehensive sickness insurance in the U.K. and you declare that you are self-sufficient and, if applicable, that you have enough financial means to support your family.
From 1 November 2019
(unless negotiations are extended)
If the withdrawal agreement is ratified:
a) Until the 13th of December 2020 (or longer if the transition period is extended): the current situation is maintained.
b) Following this:
- If you started your on-site studies before the end of the transitional period: you are protected by the withdrawal agreement and your right of residence is maintained as long as you as long as you meet the conditions under EU law (if applicable via a residence document, to which you are entitled if you fulfil the applicable conditions).
In addition, the withdrawal agreement ensures that you can switch from one category of beneficiary of a right of residence to another even after the end of the transitional period. This means, for example, that you can move from the "student" category to the "employee", "self-employed" or "jobseeker" category and continue to benefit from your right of residence, as long as you meet the conditions applicable to the new category concerned.
- If you wish to start your studies after the end of the transitional period: you will not be covered by the withdrawal agreement but by the future agreements between the EU and the UK regarding their future relations. Even if the European institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close links with the United Kingdom in matters of education, nothing can be guaranteed at this stage.
In the case of a no-deal:
The UK will leave the EU from 1 November 2019 and EU law will cease to apply as of this moment. Your situation will depend on the UK authorities. At this point, the current British government has pledged to allow you to continue your studies that you have already started and even to allow you to seek employment in the UK for a while after the completion of these studies. Nevertheless, nothing can be guaranteed with absolute certainty. The European institutions and the Belgian authorities wish to maintain close links with the United Kingdom in the future and are fully mobilized to defend your interests.