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The new Student route visa category, which falls under the UK's new points-based immigration system, opened to applicants on 5 October 2020.
It essentially retains the key elements of the Tier 4 (general) route and is open to Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who wish to study at UK institutions for more than six months. EEA/Swiss students arriving in the UK on or after 1 January 2021 can also apply under the student route from 5 October 2020.
From 5 October 2020, all visa applications made (inside or outside of the UK) will be considered under the new student route. From 1 January 2021, the new student route will also apply to any EEA/Swiss national arriving to study in the UK for more than six months.
EEA/Swiss nationals (and eligible family members) who already live in the UK or travelled to the UK by 11 pm on 31 December 2020 should apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and will have until 30 June 2021, provided that they were in the UK before the deadline.
Please visit the UK government's dedicated EU Settlement Scheme website for more information on the scheme and making an application.
Applicants must score 70 points. Points will be awarded accordingly:
Requirements to be met
Number of points
You can demonstrate and evidence the required English language competency in (speaking, reading writing and listening) for the level, of course, you intend to study*
Please note that students who previously studied in the UK as Tier 4 (Child) will no longer be exempt from meeting the English language requirement on this basis.
You will also be required to show that you have at least £1,334 for each month of your studies up to a maximum of nine months, which totals £12,006 to cover your living costs in the UK.
You will also need to show that you have sufficient funds to cover your course fees. The amount you will be required to show will depend on whether you have paid your course fees in full or partially. Ravensbourne will state the amount you have paid in advance on your CAS.
Anyone can switch into the student route, provided they meet the requirements for the route unless you are in the UK as a visitor, short-term student, parent of a child student, seasonal worker, domestic worker in a private household, outside the immigration rules or on immigration bail.
In most cases, applicants will be able to use the ‘UK Immigration ID Check’ app, which will use a chip in their passport to verify their identity. However, if the chip is broken or they are unable to use the app, they will have to enrol their biometrics at a Visa Application Centre in the country where they reside.
Applicants who applied via the UK Immigration ID check app will receive electronic notification of UKVI’s decision. This will set out the full conditions of their immigration status and will serve as evidence of their immigration permission and right to study/work in the UK.
Please visit our Student route visa application guides page for further information on making an application under the Student route. You should also visit the UKVI and UKCISA websites for further guidance and information.
The UK has now left the EU. EEA/Swiss nationals who can evidence residence in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) for settled or pre-settled status, even if currently overseas.
The EUSS is the immigration route for the European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals and their family members ( also a family member of an eligible person of Northern Ireland) who was resident in the UK by 11 pm on 31 December 2020 and who wish to remain there after that date.
If you are able to demonstrate residence in the UK, please apply under the EU settlement Scheme (EUSS) if you have not already done so.
Irish citizens will be exempt from the UK’s new points-based immigration system and so will still be able to live, work and study in the UK under the Common Travel Arrangements agreement.
Irish citizens are not required to apply under the EUSS. However, their family members who are not British or Irish are required to apply under the EUSS, unless they already have leave in a different immigration category.
You will be able to select either settled or pre-settled status when you apply under the scheme. Which status you are awarded depends on how long you have lived in the UK at the time of your application. Your rights will be different depending on which status you are given if your application is approved.
For more information on eligibility and requirements for applying under the EUSS please visit the UK government’s dedicated EUSS page.
Eligible EEA and Swiss nationals who have entered the UK by 11 pm on 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to apply under the EUSS. From 1 July 2021, if you have not applied under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) you risk becoming an overstayer and may have to apply under the new Immigration Rules, if permitted to do so, if you wish to remain in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
An 'EEA/Swiss citizen' who already has settled status in the form of a right to permanent residence will still need to apply under the EUSS. However, if you already have confirmation of indefinite leave to enter or remain, you are not required to apply under the EUSS.
If you would like to have the option of staying outside the UK for up to five, rather than two, consecutive years you may wish to apply under the scheme. It would also be useful for non-EEA/Swiss family members to also apply under the scheme, even if you don't have plans to leave the UK.
This will normally be given to individuals who are able to show that they have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’) and have met the other eligibility criteria.
If you are granted settled status, you will normally be able to remain in the UK indefinitely. You will also be able to apply for British citizenship, if eligible.
Individuals that are granted settled status are normally permitted to be absent from the UK for up to five consecutive years (four years for Swiss nationals and their family members) without losing their status.
Individuals that do not have five years of continuous residence in the UK may be granted ‘pre-settled status, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.
Individuals who are granted pre-settled status are normally permitted to be absent from the UK for up to two consecutive years without losing their status. However, if you spend more than six months outside of the UK in any 12-month period, unless exempt, you risk losing your period of ‘continuous residence’ which may delay when you can qualify for settlement based on the ‘five years of continuous residence’ requirement.
Please visit the EUSS page for more information on the different categories and rights and conditions that are associated with settled/pre-settled status.
You will not be required to show that you held comprehensive sickness insurance during your time in the UK when applying under the EUSS. However, it is a requirement that EEA/Swiss students and their family members have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance to be able to access health care in the UK.
If you successfully apply for the EUSS you will have the right to access UK healthcare. Go to the UKCISA webpage for more information.
No, if you do not intend to remain in the UK beyond 30 June 2021 there is no requirement for you to apply for settled/pre-settled status. You may, however, choose to apply under the scheme before the deadline in case your circumstances change and you decide to remain in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
While it was possible for you to undertake your studies at Ravensbourne remotely from overseas (subject to your course team's approval), you should be aware of how this could impact your immigration status when you are ready to return/travel to the UK.
Depending on whether you can establish that you have had a period of residence in the UK before 31 December 2020 you may need to apply for a student visa to come to the UK to continue with your studies at Ravensbourne from 1 January 2021.
You can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme from overseas provided that you can prove a period of residence in the UK on or before the 31 December 2020 (11 pm) deadline. Please visit the UK government's dedicated EU Settlement Scheme website for more information on the scheme and making an application.
If you already applied for pre-settled status, you need to check that your absences are permitted. Usually, absences for up to six months are permitted. Absences of up to 12 months because of coronavirus-related reasons may be considered an important reason, and therefore would be permitted. However, you should get confirmation from the Home Office/UKVI.
EEA/Swiss nationals can still use their passport or national identity document to evidence their rights in the UK until 30 June 2021. Non-EEA/Swiss family members can evidence their status by their passport, biometric residence permit, or biometric residence card.
From 1 July 2021, EEA/Swiss nationals and family members will be able to evidence their settled/pre-settled status and rights to work, study etc in the UK by using the online service. You will be able to request a share code from the online service to prove your status to others (employer, landlord etc).
We also recommend keeping a printed and/or electronic copy of the approval of your settled or pre-settled status for your records.
If you were in the UK on 31 December 2020 but have not yet applied for settled/pre-settled status, you should make sure that you travel with evidence to demonstrate that you were present in the UK on or before 31 December 2020.
We also recommend that you obtain a student letter from Ravensbourne confirming your enrolment status, along with any other proof of UK residence you have to take with you in your hand luggage in case you are questioned at the UK Border.
Once you have applied for settled/pre-settled status and it has been approved, you will be able to confirm and prove your status using the online service.
We also recommend that you carry a printed copy of the approval of your settled/pre-settled status in your hand luggage in the event that it is requested by a UK Immigration Officer.
The Graduate route visa route launched on 1 July 2021. The graduate route visa enables international students who completed an undergraduate degree or above in the UK whilst sponsored by a higher education provider, with a track record of compliance to remain in the UK for up to two years (three years for PhD graduates).
For more specific information on making an application to the graduate route please visit UKVI's page. Please refer to the Graduate Route caseworkers guidance for specific information on eligibility and other requirements.
Please also visit the UKCISA website for further details on the Graduate route and other post-study visa options.
Students would normally be expected to undertake all of their studies (if the course length is 12 months or less) or at least 12 months (if the course length is longer than 12 months) in the UK to be eligible for the graduate route visa. However, due to COVID-19 any distance learning undertaken overseas during the concession period will not prevent them from applying for the graduate visa. The following concessions will apply depending on the length of your course:
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