Advice for International Students

I am in international student and I am worried about my visa status, my immigration permission is due to expire. What should I do? content

I am in international student and I am worried about my visa status, my immigration permission is due to expire. What should I do?

I am in international student and I am worried about my visa status, my immigration permission is due to expire. What should I do?

Please check the latest advice from the UK Home Office. The latest advice is that all foreign nationals whose UK visa expires any time from the 24 January 2020 and who cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to the coronavirus, must contact the UK Home Office if they wish to extend their stay in the UK. Visas will be extended to 31 July 2020.

If you have a visa that it expiring, update your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) which has been set up within UK Visas and Immigration to help to make the process as straightforward as possible. Please note that you will be required to complete and submit a form on the Coronavirus Immigration Team web page.

For further help you can contact UKVI on:

Tel: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm – calls are free)

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk Please note that your email must be in English.

Can I make another visa application in the UK if this would not normally be possible? content

Can I make another visa application in the UK if this would not normally be possible?

Can I make another visa application in the UK if this would not normally be possible?

Please check the latest advice from the UK Home Office it has allowed, during these unique circumstances, for people to apply from the UK to switch to a longer-term UK visa until 31 May 2020.

If you are here with a short-term student visa, for example, you may want to apply for a Tier 4 visa within the UK. The deadline for this is 31 May 2020 and you will need to meet all the requirements of the immigration category you are applying to, including the visa application fee.

I am an international student with a visa that is longer than six months. How can I update my Police registration? content

I am an international student with a visa that is longer than six months. How can I update my Police registration?

I am an international student with a visa that is longer than six months. How can I update my Police registration?

If you have had to register with the police and you need to report a change of circumstances this is currently not possible as all UK police forces have suspended Overseas Visitor Registration.  Registration and updating will resume once this police service re-opens. More information on this temporary concession is given within the Covid-19: Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors and migrants and for short-term students.

I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa – how much work can I do? content

I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa – how much work can I do?

I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa – how much work can I do?

A Tier 4 student who is studying at degree level or above is restricted to working up to a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time. If you are studying below degree level, your weekly hour limit is 10 hours a week during term time. A Tier 4 student may work full time during official vacation periods and this includes the period after you have completed your course. Vacation dates have not changed even though you are now studying online.

Please note that there are certain types of work that are prohibited such as being employed as a professional sportsperson, as an entertainer, being self-employed. The full list is given within the ‘Work Conditions’ section of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance for Students.

I’m an international student, can I continue with my studies? Will it affect my Tier 4 visa? content

I’m an international student, can I continue with my studies? Will it affect my Tier 4 visa?

I’m an international student, can I continue with my studies? Will it affect my Tier 4 visa?

The university remains open, with changes being made to the way we deliver teaching and learning. You can continue to engage with your studies online at your current residence.

The university will, if you have a Tier 4 visa, continue to sponsor you and will still be responsible for monitoring your attendance. Your remote attendance will not be counted as an absence and will not be reported to the Home Office and your Tier 4 visa will not be affected.

However, you must, ensure that your international support member of staff has all your correct contact details to keep in touch with you by e-mail or telephone.

If you are unable or too ill to study, you must not delay, and notify your international support member of staff of your absence immediately for it to be recorded as authorised. As long we have been notified, we will continue to maintain sponsorship of your visa.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with admissions@uhi.ac.uk if you have any questions or are unable to reach your international support staff

What if I am not able to study from my term-time residence because of illness? I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa? content

What if I am not able to study from my term-time residence because of illness? I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa?

What if I am not able to study from my term-time residence because of illness? I am sponsored with a Tier 4 visa?

Please read the and follow the latest stay at home advice from NHS inform

You should let your international support staff member know that you are unable to study so that your absence is recorded as authorised and will not be reported to the Home Office or affect your Tier 4 visa. The Home Office recognises the current situation is exceptional and will not take any compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Home Office will keep this under review, especially if the length of absences means a potential repeat of period of studies become necessary.

I am an international student, and I want to I travel home? What happens to my Tier 4 visa? content

I am an international student, and I want to I travel home? What happens to my Tier 4 visa?

I am an international student, and I want to I travel home? What happens to my Tier 4 visa?

First check if it is safe to do so and that you are aware of any travel restrictions issued by your home country and the UK.

Please do consult and observe the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on travel advice outwith the UK and sign up for alerts to check the latest advice given by your own embassy or consulate.

If you have made plans to return home and you are able to continue your studies remotely then you need to keep in regular email contact with your tutors. Please let the international support member of staff at your academic partner know that you are returning home in order to obtain authorised absence. You will need to provide accurate contact information so that we can keep in touch with you.

You will be able to return to the UK with your current Tier 4 visa, but this will not apply if your visa is due to expire shortly.

What happens if I return home, with a Tier 4 visa, and I am unable to study remotely? content

What happens if I return home, with a Tier 4 visa, and I am unable to study remotely?

What happens if I return home, with a Tier 4 visa, and I am unable to study remotely?

If you are unable to attend your studies remotely for any reason you should notify your international support member of staff in order that your absence is recorded as authorised.

The Home Office recognises the current situation is exceptional and will not take any compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Home Office will keep this under review, especially if the length of absences means a potential repeat of period of studies become necessary.

Where else can I get support? content

Where else can I get support?

Where else can I get support?

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides very useful guidance for international students during this difficult time.

If you have additional questions you can contact admissions@uhi.ac.uk.