Our International Student Advisors are here to help you with any aspect of applying for a student visa or your queries around student immigration.
On these pages you will find detailed information on applying for a variety of visas and help with visa and passport issues.
Please find below guidance relating to UKVI rule changes specific to your programme level, as well as UKVI rule changes applicable to all.
UKVI Changes from 06 July 2018
- ATAS will now be required for courses, or periods of study that are less than 6 months - this will include those studying on a Short Term Study visa.
- Students that are nationals of Bahrain, Cambodia, China, The Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kuwait, The Maldives, Mexico, Serbia, Thailand, Macau SAR have been added to Appendix H of the immigration rules and are therefore eligible to apply for Tier 4 with different documentary requirements.
- Oman has been removed from Appendix H of the immigration rules and will no longer benefit from different documentary requirements.
- When applying outside the UK, all students under Appenidx H will no longer be restricted to applying for Tier 4 visas from their country of nationality.
- Dependants of Tier 4 students who are studying at a higher education institution at postgraduate level will now be eligible to apply if the course is at least 9 months long (currently 12 months).
UKVI Changes 11 January 2018
- Students can now extend their visa from inside the UK if they need to extend the visa in order to undertake a study abroad programme or work placement or have previously done so (conditions apply).
- Further guidance regarding calculating the maintenance requirement for Tier 4 Dependants has been included. Please refer to Tier 4 Dependants guidance.
- Students on Short Term Study visas must leave the UK within 30 days of their course ending.
- Students on Distance Learning programmes are still eligible to apply for Short Term Study visas, however periods of stay are limited to 56 days in any six month period.
UKVI Changes 06 April 2017
- Any visa application made on or after 06 April 2017 will be subject to new visa application fees. The new fee has been detailed in the relevant pages within our website.
- The UKVI have now defined 'week' for the purpose of working whilst holding a Tier 4 visa. Please refer to our 'Working in the UK' page for further details. Students must ensure that their working patterns and hours fit the new definition by 06 April 2017.
- Students under the age of 18 that apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa will now be required to provide evidence of the relationship between them and the parent/legal guardian that writes the consent letter.
- A couple of changes have been made to the list of acceptable banks in India. Please refer to Appendix P.
UKVI Changes 24 November 2016
These changes will apply to any application made on or after 24th November 2016. The key changes are:
Changes to Maintenance for Dependants
The Home Office has changed its guidance on how to calculate how much money a dependant needs to show when they make their immigration application. It used to say that it depended on the length of a student's course. Now it says that it depends on the length of the student's immigration permission, up to a maximum of nine months. If the student has already got their immigration permission, you can look at that to calculate how much you need. If the student does not have their immigration permission yet, you will need to look at the Tier 4 policy guidance (page 29 and 30) to see how long they can expect to be given, so that you can make your calculation.
Students successfully progressing from BEng to MEng programmes requiring additional time to complete the new programme may be able to apply to extend their visa from inside the UK.
If you have had to repeat a course or year, and now need additional time to complete your programme you may be able to apply for a visa extension from inside the UK.
Students relying on evidence of an award which is equivalent to a Bachelors, Masters or PhD from a majority English speaking country (excluding the UK) as evidence of their language ability will also need to include an original ‘Statement of Comparability' from UK NARIC confirming the assessment. For students providing evidence of a qualification obtained in the UK instead of a Secure English Language Test, the award must be for either a Bachelors, Masters or PhD.
The time window within which a student may potentially submit a new visa application following a refusal in the UK will be reduced to 14 days.