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Please read all the guidance provided before you contact us. Please also refer to the University guidance on Coronavirus.


See our current advice for Warwick sponsored Tier 4 visa holders & international students below.

We will be updating this page as and when new information becomes available.

Please click each section to see the guidance:

  • If your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 AND you are unable to leave the UK before your current visa expiry date because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions or self-isolation, you will need to contact the UKVI Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) and complete a short form to request an extension to your current visa (without having to make a separate visa application).

    If you are starting a new course in the autumn of 2020, you may be able to make a visa extension application in the UK.

    See further information below:

      Please see the UKVI guidance on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

      Please also see the UKVI Information Collection on Coronavirus including concession policies available to Tier 4 sponsors:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration and borders


      You may also wish to contact your country's embassy and request consular assistance where appropriate.


      Please retain any correspondence with the UKVI and evidence that you were unable to book an earlier flight for future reference.

      This new policy would mean that majority of the students would be able to extend their visa by this scheme until they are able to leave the UK.

      Overstaying is a criminal offence and we would advise against any form of overstaying where possible. Therefore, it is important that if this applies to you, that you take necessary actions to avoid overstaying your visa.

      If, for whatever reason, you have overstayed beyond the expiry date of your visa, please ensure that you limit your overstaying period to 30 days or fewer to avoid a re-entry ban of 12 months and remember to declare this in all future visa applications.

      If you have chosen to remain in the UK beyond your current visa expiry date for reasons not listed above, we would advise that you make a visa application to vary your current leave assisted by a solicitor.

      It is important to submit this new visa application before your current visa expiry date so that your immigration status in the UK is protected, that is, you would remain a legal resident in the UK while awaiting a decision.


      Please refer to the section below, 'I have read all the guidance above and I still have a query' for links to webpages that provide further information if you are looking for legal representation.

    • If you hold a Tier 4 visa and are taking a break in studies, for example, temporary withdrawal, you will usually have up to 60 days to prepare for your departure from the UK.

      This is calculated from the day you received an email from the Student Immigration & Compliance team confirming a report has been made to the Home Office UKVI to stop sponsoring your Tier 4 visa.

      You may wish to remain in the UK during this 60-day period and see whether the situation improves.

      Towards the end of this 60 day period, if the situation doesn't improve, please contact us and we can check the progress of your visa curtailment.

      Alternatively, you may wish to seek independent immigration advice, for example, talk to an immigration solicitor, who can advise you further and help you in making a visa application to vary your current leave.


      The 'I have read all the guidance above and I still have a query' section below contains links to webpages that provide information if you are looking for legal representation.


      Please also click on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

    • Please check the central university guidance and the travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before travelling.

      If you are unable to return to the UK after a period spent at home due to travel restrictions, please contact your academic department so that they are aware. Please also keep yourself up to date with the central University guidance regarding teaching and assessment.

      If you are away from the University for 3 months or more (vacation periods are excluded for undergraduate students), then:

        • You will need to contact your academic department to seek their approval.
          • Please see the "I am considering leaving the UK as I feel unsafe and may not be able to return in term 3" below for more information.

      Please also click on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

    • If you have any concerns about your wellbeing, please contact the wellbeing team in the first instance:


      If you are considering leaving the UK, you should discuss this with your department.

      If they agree, you may be able to request:

      Both of these options are only authorised by your department, and therefore, any queries relating to this should be made to them in the first instance.

      A change of study location for less than 3 months is managed locally by your academic department.

      Please note that for undergraduate students vacation periods are excluded - this means if you are away for Term 3 but intend to return at the beginning of the next academic year, then the process is managed by your department only.

      If it is going to be longer than 3 months then a report will be made to the UKVI for their reference, once your department has approved your request.


      Updated 29 May 2020

      The University has received confirmation from Home Office UKVI that where a student has returned overseas for a period of more than three months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and yet remains fully engaged with their studies, there is no requirement to report this as a change of study location from 7 April 2020.

      Instead, this information will be recorded locally by the academic department.

      This guidance is expected to be in place until 31 July 2020.

      Further information will be updated to this site as and when it is received from the UKVI.


      Your Tier 4 visa will remain valid for the duration of the dates on your visa.

      This remains the case even if you have changed your study location or are on a period of Authorised Absence, subject to your compliance with your visa conditions and any other instructions given by the University of Warwick.


      If a condition of your visa was to register with the police, please click on the following link and read the guidance provided:

      Police registration


      If you need to return to the UK later than expected, for example:

        • Following a period of authorised absence, or
        • You need to go through a period of quarantine / self-isolation

      Please contact your academic department ASAP.

      You may be able to resume studies from overseas or extend your authorised absence period.

        • If you are a continuing student, it is important to keep your academic department updated if you are affected by the travel restrictions.

      If you wish to suspend your studies, you may be able to request a period of Temporary Withdrawal:

      Please note:

        • TWD will cause a curtailment of your visa
        • Please see the guidance provided on the above TWD linked webpage.

      Please also click on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents


    • From 1 June 2020, some visa application centres in the UK and overseas will re-open. There will be no priority or super-priority service in the first instance. More centres will open as a second phase.

      Please check the webpage below for further updates.

        • TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
        • VFS global for all other countries

      If you are starting a new research course at Warwick, you would normally have a 1-month 'latest start date' which is stated on your CAS.

      This means if your arrival is slightly delayed, it shouldn't affect your ability to start your course as long as you arrive before your 'latest start date'.

      However, if there will be longer delays, please contact your academic department to see whether you can postpone your course start date or whether arrangements can be made to allow you to start your course from overseas remotely.

      For information on completing enrolment, click here and read the section "Covid-19: Enrolment advice for new and returning students."


      If you are returning from a period of temporary withdrawal, you may wish to contact your academic department to check if you are able to resume studies from overseas, or whether you need to extend your period of temporary withdrawal.

      For information on completing enrolment, click here and read the section "Covid-19: Enrolment advice for new and returning students."


      If you are returning to re-sit exams in Spring 2020, you should have already received an email from the Immigration Service by the end of February to outline your visa options.

      Once you have made a decision, we will aim to process any CAS/ Short term study visa supporting letter within 2 weeks of receiving the request.

      If you are due to take re-sits in Term 3, you should have received the Vice-Chancellor's message to students which contains information about assessment in Term 3.


      The University is closely monitoring the developing situation in relation to Covid-19.

      As with other scenarios, where students are unable to attend an examination for reasons beyond their control, the University’s mitigating circumstances policy should be used:

      University of Warwick | Student Administrative Services | Exams | Mitigating Circumstances


      Please also click on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

    • This depends on the length of your Change of Study Location.

      If it is less than 3 months (vacation periods are excluded if you are an undergraduate student):


          • You first need to complete a 'return to study declaration', via Student Records Online.
          • You will then need to complete online enrolment when you receive the email invitation.
          • You will be asked to provide your visa details - please just enter the details of your current passport and visa (if you have not obtained a new visa).
          • You will then be re-enrolled and are free to engage with your studies, as agreed with your department, from outside the UK.
          • You should then inform your department of your 'Change is Study Location', according to your department's own procedure.
          • When you are able to return to the UK, you should then request a CAS from us and then apply for your visa.
            • You can only request a CAS a maximum of 3 months before the date you intend to travel back to the UK.
            • Please also be mindful of the current restrictions in place globally due to the coronavirus outbreak, particularly Visa Application Centre closures and cancelled or restricted flights.
          • On your return to the UK, you would then need to present your Passport, Temporary Travel Vignette and BRP so that we can update your immigration records at the University. We will send you further instructions on what you need to do nearer the time.

      If it is for 3 months or more (vacation periods are excluded if you are an undergraduate student):


          • The process is the same as above, however, you or your academic department will also need to complete a 'change of study location' request via Student Records online so that this can be reported to the UKVI.
            • You will receive an email notification when the report to the UKVI is made.
          • If you are currently on a taught Master's degree, for pragmatic reasons please use your 'course end date' as the 'return to the UK' date. If the situation improves then you can request to return to the UK earlier.
          • If you are currently on a research degree, you should be realistic in terms of how long you may need to study away from the UK. It is difficult to be precise at this point, and so it might be better to provide a later date (for example, September 2020) to avoid having to make repeated reports to the UKVI if your return date is postponed. If the situation improves then you can request to return to the UK earlier.

      Updated 29 May 2020

      The University has received confirmation from Home Office UKVI that where a student has returned overseas for a period of more than three months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and yet remains fully engaged with their studies, there is no requirement to report this as a change of study location from 7 April 2020.

      Instead, this information will be recorded locally by the academic department.

      This guidance is expected to be in place until 31 July 2020.

      Further information will be updated to this site as and when it is received from the UKVI.


    • If you made your visa application in the UK, including a replacement BRP application, do not worry.

      You will receive an email notification, this is the email address used on your visa application form, from TNT confirming failed delivery, and you will be given instructions on how to re-arrange delivery of your BRP card to your personal address.

      If you made your visa application outside of the UK and have used the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code, please send a scanned copy of the 'decision letter', this is the letter which confirms how you can collect your BRP card when you arrive in the UK, to brp@warwick.ac.uk and we will check where your BRP card will be delivered during our office closure.


      Once you have received your BRP, please click on the following links and follow the updated guidance for presenting your new immigration document(s):

      Providing details of your current visa

      Providing details of your current Passport


      Please also click on the following link and follow the guidance given:

      GOV.UK | Coronavirus | Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

    • Due to the office closure, you will not be able to present yourself to our office on your return from Authorised Absence.

      Please click on the following link instead and submit the online form to confirm your return to your studies:

      Confirmation of re-engagement with studies

    • Please click on the following link and read the guidance provided regarding ATAS:

      Warwick | Student Immigration | I am a Student | ATAS

    • If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.

      To make a request, you must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT), via email - see link below:

      GOV.UK | UKVI | Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

      You will need to include in your email:

        1. Your name
        2. Your nationality
        3. Your date of birth
        4. Your GWF reference number
        5. The subject line for this email must be REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA
        6. You must state if you have already contacted CIT about this, please let them know in your email

      You will be contacted when our VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.

      Please note:

      • You will not be penalised for being unable collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.
      • This process will be in place until the end of 2020.
    • This depends on your specific circumstances:

      If you are an undergraduate student (including those on undergraduate Master's course):

      Your current visa should cover the deferred exam period and so you should be able to take the September exam with your current visa.

      If you are in your final year, you might need a new visa to attend your Graduation.

      If you are thinking about deferring your exam(s) from June 2020 to September 2020, you are advised to discuss with your department the progress options available to you in the event of not passing the September exam(s).

      This is because if you did take the exam in June and do not pass, in some departments you would be able to re-sit in September and progress before term starts again in October.

      However, if you defer your exam to September and do not pass, they you may need to take the next academic year as re-sit without residence.

      Warwick | Student Immigration | I am a Student | Resit without Residence

      If you are a postgraduate taught student:

      This depends on if deferring the exam affects your ability to complete the other modules and dissertation between now and September.

      If you are able to complete other modules and dissertation, then it shouldn't affect your visa, as you can complete your September exam using your current visa.

      If you have to pass the September exam in order to progress to dissertation, then it is most likely that you will need a period of Academic Extension. Depending on the new dissertation submission deadline, you may need to make a Tier 4 visa extension if your current visa is not long enough to cover the extension period.

      If there is a long gap between the September exam and the date you are permitted to re-engage with your studies, you may need to take a period of 'resit without residence'.

      If your CAS states that it is assigned under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme:

      Your visa will be valid for 6 months after your course end date. This means for most PGT students your visa would expire in March 2021.

      The University does not submit a 'stop sponsoring' report to the UKVI for PGT students on resit without residence (RWR) if the original 'course end date' on your CAS has passed.

      Therefore, your current visa will remain valid until its expiry date, and you should be able to use your current visa to complete the rest of your course.

      If your CAS does not state that it is assigned under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme:

      Your visa will be valid for 4 months after your course end date. This means for most PGT students your visa would expire in January 2021.

      The University does not submit a 'stop sponsoring' report to the UKVI for PGT students on resit without residence (RWR) if the original 'course end date' on your CAS has passed.

      Therefore, your current visa will remain valid until its expiry date, and you should be able to use your current visa to complete the rest of your course.

      If your current visa is not long enough, then you may need to extend your Tier 4 visa to complete your course, or, complete the rest of your course remotely from your home country (if this is supported by your academic department).

    • The UKVI has notified us of the following:

      Overseas VACs from the June 2020:

      The opening of VACs will be via a phased approach where local conditions allow.

      Not all UKVI services will be available immediately, or at full capacity.

      Please note, UKVI will not initially be offering priority or super priority services.

      A list of VACs reopening from 01 June 2020:

      • Bangkok
      • Beijing
      • Berlin
      • Brisbane
      • Canberra
      • Chongqing
      • Dusseldorf
      • Fiji
      • Guangzhou
      • Hong Kong
      • Kuala Lumpur
      • Melbourne
      • Minsk
      • Munich
      • Perth
      • Shanghai
      • Sydney
      • Taipei
      • Ukraine

      The list of VACs that are due to reopen from 22 June 2020:

      • Adana
      • Alexandria
      • Amman
      • Ankara
      • Auckland
      • Baku
      • Bandar Seri Begawan
      • Banjul
      • Barcelona
      • Belgrade
      • Brussels
      • Bursa
      • Cairo
      • Changsha
      • Chengdu
      • Chiang Mai
      • Danang
      • Fuzhou
      • Gaziantep
      • Geneva
      • Hangzhou
      • Hanoi
      • Ho Chi Minh City
      • Istanbul
      • Izmir
      • Jinan
      • Kunming
      • Lisbon
      • Madrid
      • Nanjing
      • Osaka
      • Paris
      • Phnom Penh
      • Seoul
      • Shenyang
      • Shenzhen
      • Tokyo
      • Tunis
      • Wuhan
      • Xi'an

      For updates on the status of VACs, stakeholders and customers should check:

      Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East visit: uk.tlscontact.com

      All other countries visit: vfsglobal.co.uk


      UKVCAS


      Some UK Visa and Citizenship Application Centres (UKVCAS) will reopen for existing customers on 1 June 2020.

      Customers can check which UKVCAS centres are open.

      UKVI will not initially be offering priority or super priority services.

      This will be kept under review.

      Full details are available at: gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

    • The UKVI have advised us of the following:

      Border changes

      Customers are reminded that there will be changes at the border because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and all individuals should check what they need to do before they travel.