Brexit – EU citizens coming to UK

Brexit and Erasmus+

For those visiting Ambios whilst under Erasmus+ mobility, you should keep up-to-date via your contacts within your own university.

The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU for a six-month extension to Article 50.  During this extension period, the UK will remain an EU member state, with all the rights and obligations that entails. This means that the UK will continue to participate in all EU programmes, including Erasmus+.

The 2019 Summer and Autumn traineeships will therefore continue as planned.

For those coming on the 2020  placements the detail of the impact of Brexit on Erasmus+ will be clearer after the 31st October. Following this date, we will know the nature of any agreements between the European Union and the British Government and Ambios will be able to offer updated information about your traineeship. You should stay in close contact with your university over this period and for any further information please do not hesitate to contact Ambios.

Watch this page for future updates.



Brexit and Ambios

We continue to welcome applications for our conservation traineeships. If you do not need to use Erasmus+ to support your traineeship, then the information further down this page may be useful, as the 12 week traineeship fits within the three month visa free allowance.

The Ambios position is that we are delighted to work with our European partners and friends and hope that this will continue long into the future. Our collective efforts for nature conservation and the need for biodiversity are borderless. It is vital to humanity that there is an abundance of wildlife across the world.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch, by emailing or phoning 01803 732747.

Leaving the EU with no deal

This is the statement from the UK Home Office for EU citizens coming to the UK if the UK leaves the EU with no Brexit deal:

  • After the UK leaves the EU, if there is no Brexit deal, EEA citizens will be able to enter the UK as they do now (for an interim period).
  • However, following the end of free movement and before the UK’s new skills-based immigration system begins in 2021, you will need to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain to stay longer than 3 months.
  • The guidance affects those who enter the UK from 30 March 2019 up until 31 December 2020 (just before a new immigration system expected from 1 January 2021). If this applies to you, you will be permitted to enter the UK, as currently, for up to three months (at no cost). Study and work will be permitted during this period.
  • If you wish to stay in the UK beyond this three month period you will be required to make an online application for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’. If this application is successful, you will get immigration permission (‘limited leave’) for a period of three years. This leave cannot be extended, will not lead to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or lead to status under the EU settlement scheme. For more information please visit the UK Government website.

As you can see this will only affect those coming to the UK for longer than 3 months, and we will ensure we tailor your arrival and departure to fit these conditions.

We also recommend that you search out your own government website(s) and Erasmus+ National Agency website for further guidance on this scenario.

Leaving the EU with a deal

This is the statement from the UK Home Office for EU citizens coming to the UK, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal:

“If the UK leaves with a deal, travel to the EU will remain the same as now until at least 31 December 2020. You will not need to apply for a visa to travel or work in the EU during this time.”