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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021 3:23pm

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Read about the latest immigration changes and news which may affect you.

International Students Welcome Package

Any students arriving in the UK may need to quarantine in the place that they are staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days when they arrive in England.

If you are travelling from a country that is on the self-isolation list on the day of travel as part of our international students welcome, you can now apply for a shopping voucher to buy food and essential items that you might need during this quarantine period and to help you get settled in.

In order to apply for this funding, please complete the online request form.

The support package is open to all registered international students arriving from a country that is on the self-isolation list on the day of their travel.

The form must be submitted prior to the arrival date in the UK. Any forms submitted after your arrival in the UK will not be processed.

International students can only apply for this package once.

Support for students travelling from red-list countries

For all current students from red-list countries, who arrive in the UK to start their term this September, we will pay the costs associated with your quarantine. This package will cover your accommodation and testing costs up to the value of £1,750. Please note that application process is not yet open. We aim to open it in September and all students will be notified in due course.

This scheme covers returning international students arriving from red-list countries for the new academic year 2021, subject to the conditions outlined below:

  1. All students need to have completed registration at City, University of London by 18th October 2021.
  2. All students need to have applied for their international support package by no later than 1st November 2021.
  3. Within this application all students need to have provided their bank details in order for us to process the payment.
  4. All students need to demonstrate the official receipts for their quarantine hotel accommodation (up to £1,750 as per government guidelines)
  5. The University will not refund any costs that are incurred outside of the government’s official quarantine guidelines
  6. The University will only refund costs for those students from red-list countries.
  7. The list of countries defined as red-list will be taken from the date the relevant student arrived in the UK.
  8. Students will be required to provide proof of their arrival date with a stamp on their passport.
  9. Students can only do this via the official process outlined to you on email.
  10. The University will look to have provided the refund payments to all students by no later than 1st January 2022.

Graduate Route Scheme presentations

The international Student Advice team will be delivering a presentation on Graduate Route Scheme on 18th May and 16th June. This presentation will cover information like how, when and who can apply etc. Please find the time and joining instruction below.

Home Office’s latest update on Graduate Route Scheme published on 11th June 2021

Applying to extend your student visa from within the UK with a gap of more than 28 days between your current Student visa end date and the start date of your new course.

The Home Office has again reinstated its previous temporary policy allowing applications to be made from within the UK where there is a gap of more than 28 days between the end date of your current Student visa and your new course start date.

You can access the Covid-19: Guidance for Student sponsors, migrants and Short-term students Temporary concessions in response to Covid-19 Guidance on the Home Office's website.

Home Office’s latest update on Graduate Route Scheme published on 11th June 2021

For students whose course started in September 2020 or January 2021 and is 12 months long or less

There is no longer a June deadline for 2020 starters to come to the UK. If you have been distance learning in your home country for the whole course so far, you need to come to the UK under the Student route by 27 September 2021. If your Student visa ends before that date, you must come to the UK by the end date of your visa in order to be eligible for the Graduate Route.

Home Office’s latest update on Graduate Route Scheme published on 4th March 2021

The Home Office has now confirmed that applications for the new Graduate Route scheme will be open from 1st July 2021.

Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 now have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible for the route.

For more information please visit Home Office web pages.

Home Office's latest update on graduate route – 6th January 2021

  • The Route is still scheduled to be launched in summer 2021.
  • Students who were required to commence or continue their studies via distance or blended learning due to COVID-19 will be eligible to switch into the graduate route on a concessionary basis even if they spend some time studying outside the UK.
  • Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year Masters programme in September 2020, will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.
  • Students who commence a one-year Masters programme in January 2021 will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies In the UK

Student Immigration Update - October 2020

Please note that the maintenance requirement for Student Route visa application will increase from 1st December 2020 to £1334 per month up to a maximum of nine months which is £12,006.

Home Office's latest update on graduate route - 1 July 2020

Graduate Route

The government announced on 1st July2002, as part of the new graduate route, international students who complete a PhD from Summer 2021 can stay in the UK for 3 years after study to live and work. Please see the details of the announcement.

Home Office's update on graduate route - 16 June 2020

Graduate Route

  • The Graduate route is still scheduled to be launched in summer 2021, as previously announced. Further information about the route will be published in due course.
  • Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route. However, if students are required to either continue their current studies or commence a new course by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they spent some time studying outside the UK.
  • Students will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.
  • Such students will still need to have extant leave as a Tier 4 student or Student when the new route launches in 2021 and meet other eligibility criteria to be eligible for the route.

Immigration guidance - updated on 26 May 2020

The Home Office has now released updated immigration guidance for visa holders offering extensions until 31 July 2020 for visas that expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.

Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must request an extension by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) if your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term.

If you have already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020 you visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.

You will be expected to return to your home country as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Please read the immigration guidance carefully and take action if needed.

New UK points-based Immigration system

On 19th February 2020,  the Government has published information on the UK’s new points-based immigration system.

According to the UK Visas & Immigration, from 1 January 2021, free movement will end and be replaced with the UK’s new points-based immigration system to cater for the most highly skilled workers, students and a range of other specialist work routes including for global leaders and innovators. All migrants looking to enter the UK to work or study will need to apply for permission in advance.

Students and specialist occupations

Students will be covered by the points-based system. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.

Under the current immigration rules, there are a range of other immigration routes for specialist occupations, including innovators, ministers of religion, sportspeople and to support the arts. Our broad approach for January 2021 will be to open existing routes that already apply to non-EU citizens, to EU citizens (the current ‘Tier 5’).

International students and graduates

Student visa routes will be opened up to EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. You’ll be able to apply for a visa to study in the UK if you:

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course

A new graduate immigration route will be available to international students who have completed a degree in the UK from summer 2021. You’ll be able to work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to 2 years.

For more information view the Government's publication.