Driven by a drop in European Union students a fall of 5% in university applications has been reported. This is despite announcements from the Department for Education to keep current EU provision fixed until 2018 and for the duration of their courses. For European students the fall in applications, the first since the 2012 increase in university fees, seems to denote a concern about their status in the UK.
There has been tentative data suggesting a decline in new European migrants but a sharp increase on those already in the country making applications to document their right to remain in the UK.
The Home Office has introduced online application forms for European nationals and their family members as a result of the surge in applications. Despite the application process is called “online”, applicants still need to send all supporting documents to the Home Office.
The increase in applications for EEA documentation signifies concern. The release of the White Paper indicates a transitional arrangement will be made for EU migrants. “There may be a phased process of implementation to prepare for the new arrangements. This would give businesses and individuals enough time to plan and prepare for those new arrangements.”
We would urge those who are in a position to do so to formalize their status in an effort to secure their current position.
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