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EU Settlement Scheme – An Important Reminder for EU, EEA and Swiss Students

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and you have been residing in the UK prior to 01 January 2021, you need to apply online from within the UK to the EU Settlement Scheme in order to continue living and studying here after 30 June 2021. You will also need to apply if you are in the UK on an EEA Family Permit as a non-EU family member. A successful application will result in either settled status, if you have five years’ continuous residence in the UK, or pre-settled status, if you have lived in the UK for less than five years.

If you have not already done so, it would be advisable for you to submit your application to the Scheme as soon as possible, as the deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

You can find a link to the EU Settlement Scheme application form here. This section of the Home Office website, also explains the application process and details the documentation that you will be required to submit in support of your application for pre-settled or settled status.

When you have successfully obtained EU settled or pre-settled status, you need to provide the University with evidence. To prove your immigration status to the University, you will need to obtain a ‘share code’, please refer to this web page to obtain this. A share code consists of both letters and numbers and is at least 9 digits long. You should also be aware that a share code is only valid for a period of 30 days.  Once you have received your share code, please email this to the Student Records team at PCMIS.Perth@UHI.ac.uk.

Citizens from the Republic of Ireland will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK, as they do now, but they may be required to provide a passport to some air or sea carriers for identification purposes.

Official Information from Police Scotland

Telephone Scams Targeting Chinese Students

Police Scotland has been notified of a fraud or scam that is affecting Chinese students living and studying in Scotland.

The students have been telephoned by someone pretending to be from a Chinese government office or police department who asks for money to be transferred online to a given bank account.

Please be aware and take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Do not give out any personal information or credit card/ banking details over the telephone. No genuine caller will ever ask you to do this.
  • If in doubt about who is calling, hang up and find the advertised contact details for that agency. Do not redial the telephone number used to call you.
  • Do not click on any attachments or links provided in an email or text message.

If you think you have been a victim of a telephone or online fraud, contact your bank immediately and report to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency

General fraud information is available from the Chinese Consulate website.

Parcel Scams Targeting Chinese Students

Police Scotland has been notified of a fraud or scam that is affecting Chinese students living and studying in Scotland.

Students have been contacted by telephone, by an unknown person claiming that an illegal parcel addressed to them, has been intercepted by DHL and that they are required to pay a fine.

Students are thereafter contacted via social networking applications and coerced into transferring large amounts of money into various bank accounts in China. On some occasions, the fraudster(s) have claimed to be a Police officer from China and have appeared on video calls dressed in Police uniform in an effort to present as genuine.

Take Five to Stop Fraud
Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.

Stop
Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge
Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect
Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Police Scotland.

Please be aware and take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Do not give out any personal information or credit card/ banking details over the
    telephone. No genuine caller will ever ask you to do this.
  • If in doubt about who is calling, hang up and find the advertised contact details
    for that agency. Do not redial the telephone number used to call you.
  • Do not click on any attachments or links provided in an email or text message.

If you think you have been a victim of a telephone or online fraud contact
your bank immediately and report any suspicious activity to Police Scotland
on 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency.

For further information about keeping safe, visit:

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/

www.scotland.police.uk/takefive

General fraud information is available from the Chinese Consulate website