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If you are coming to the UK for the start of the 20/21 academic year, you will need to send us documentation before we can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
All details are in the email sent to you by the admissions team, which outlines the process for obtaining a CAS and applying for a Tier 4 visa.
You can also visit our visas and Immigration page for more information.
If you are unable to travel to the UK in the autumn term, please get in touch with the admissions team as soon as possible: [email protected].
Please note: we are unable to issue a CAS to students who wish to undertake their studies wholly by distance mode for the entire 20/21 academic year as per UKVI’s guidance.
In addition to the visa advice available on the Tier 4 (General) visa section of our website, you should note the COVID-19 specific guidance from UKVI. Please frequently check the various pages as the situation and advice are constantly changing.
Some UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are resuming services where local restrictions allow. Services will reopen in phases.
To support customers accessing their documents, a limited number of VACs are opening for passport return only, before resuming wider services where local restrictions allow.
For updates to the status of VACs, including opening times in your country, check with:
As VACs reopen their services, UKVI will prioritise returning customer passports.
If the VAC where you applied is still closed, UKVI will not be able to return your passport.
To support customers accessing their documents, UKVI is opening a limited number of VACs for passport returns only. Where a VAC is only open for passport return, you will not be able to submit a new application.
If your passport is in a VAC, and a decision on your application has been made, the VAC will contact you to arrange collection.
If your application has not been decided, UKVI will not contact you to return your passport until it has. If you would like your passport returned, even if your application has not been decided, please contact the VAC to arrange collection.
To see if the VAC is open for passport return in your country, check with: TLS contact or VFS global, depending on your location
We understand that in most cases UKVI will be issuing 90 days visa vignette rather than the 30 days (short term visa) usually issued due to the COVID-19 situation. This is to allow students sufficient time to travel to the UK in the event of any delays. However, if you do not travel to the UK within the 90 day period you will need to apply for a vignette transfer and pay the relevant fee.
You will not be penalised for being unable to collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place. This process will be in place until the end of 2020.
In some cases, UKVI will be able to decide your application without seeing certain specified documents if you cannot get them due to coronavirus. Otherwise, you may be asked to submit the specified documents after the date of application.
Subject to meeting the academic progression (unless the concessions set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance apply) and the other requirements for the Tier 4 visa route you may be able to extend your Tier 4 leave from inside the UK. Please refer to UKVI's Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students guidance for more information.
You must submit your Tier 4 visa application by 31 August 2020. If you are unable to do so by this date you must request and be granted ' exceptional indemnity’ from the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT). If granted, you will have until 1 October 2020 to submit your visa application. Your new course must begin no later than 31 December 2020
You must submit your visa application before your visa expires. You cannot request ‘exceptional indemnity’. Your new course must begin no later than 31 December 2020. If you are unable to make your application before your visa expires, please contact us
Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) have reopened for the processing of applications. Check which UKVCAS are open.
If UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can reuse the fingerprints you’ve already given, you’ll be emailed with instructions on how to send them an image of your face and your supporting documents.
This will mean you do not have to attend a UKVCAS or an SSC service point appointment to provide biometric information.
If you cannot send the information through the instructions given, you’ll be able to book an appointment.
Go to the UKVI page for specific and up to date information on COVID-19 related changes to the process of applying for a visa from inside the UK.
Please also refer to our visa advice on applying from inside the UK for specific guidance on making your application and email us if you have any questions
Please aim to arrive in the UK in time for your course start date, bearing in mind that you may be subject to a period of self-isolation (quarantine). Currently, the UK requires most UK residents and visitors arriving from overseas to quarantine for a period of 14 days. Please view the Department of Health & Social Care Guidance for more information.
There will be changes at UKVI borders as a result of COVID-19. Ensure that you are aware of them by checking what you need to do before you travel. Go Go to the UK Border Control website for more information.
Please contact us if you need any assistance with getting from the airport to your accommodation in London or have questions about travelling to the UK
Please note that the situation is constantly evolving, so continue to check the relevant websites for updates as you prepare to travel to the UK. You will also find guidance from UKCISA helpful.
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