EU Settlement Scheme guidance


Any EU*, EEA, or Swiss citizen who was resident in the UK before 1 January 2021 and who does not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK must apply to the Settlement Scheme to continue to remain and work in the UK after 30 June 2021. *Note: Irish citizens do not need to apply for Settlement.

CIfA is encouraging all members who are eligible for the Settlement Scheme to consider applying. Application is free and is the easiest and cheapest route for most EU/EAA citizens to retain the rights to live, work, or study in the UK for an indefinite period.

However, this is a time-limited offer being made by the UK Government. If eligible individuals have not applied before 30 Jun 2021, they may lose the right to reside and work in the UK.

Applying for Settled (or pre-settled) status does not affect your ability to reside or take employment elsewhere in the EU, and you can take a ‘break’ from living in the UK of up to 5 years without losing the rights to return to the UK.

The following guide by Kevin Wooldridge (MCIfA), has been published by The British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR):

EU Settled Status: How EU/EAA archaeologists can continue living, working and studying in the UK, without a need for visas.

If you have any questions about EU settlement or about remaining in the UK, please contact us.


CIfA advocacy on new visa system

CIfA is committed to advocating for outcomes which enable the archaeology sector to contribute to the delivery of development, maintain its world-leading archaeological research, and deliver public benefit.

We recognise the important contribution that professional archaeologists from the EU/EEA and other nations make to the UK workforce, and desire to support and encourage those professionals to remain in the UK. We also wish to defend the ability of UK professionals to continue to work internationally.

To this end, CIfA

  • has consulted with the Industry Working Group to discuss possible impacts of Brexit on the discipline
  • has presented concerns relating to the new visa system to UK Government Ministers and is proactively discussing opportunities to explore what works and what doesn’t, and provide feedback to Government.
  • is consulting with Registered Organisations to help understand current responses to potential immigration and skills challenges
  • will be revising its advocacy objectives to reflect current issues relating to meeting the demand for skills through education, training, recruitment, migration, export and retention of accredited archaeologists.

We welcome thoughts and perspectives from CIfA members here