The Home Office have announced some implementation dates for upcoming changes to the immigration rules
The Home Office has issued a new announcement outlining the implementation dates of the upcoming new changes which were published recently. Click here for the Home Secretary’s latest statement.
On 21 December 2023, UK government provided further updates since their initial announcement on 04 Dec 2023 on Skilled Worker Route, Spouse/ partner Route, Graduate Route review and Shortage Occupation List.
On 04 Dec 2023, the UK Government has announced wide-ranging measures aimed at reducing legal migration to the UK. These changes will affect the Skilled Worker Route, Shortage Occupation list, family visa and reviewing the Graduate route.
On 16 January 2024 (or 21 days after the measure is finalised, whichever is later), subject to parliamentary approval, the immigration health surcharge will increase for all visa applications.
The UK government published changes to the immigration rules on 17th July 2023. Some of these changes took effect from 3pm on 17th July 2023. Click on the link above for more information.
- Ukrainian nationals on an existing points-based system route (such as a Student visa or a Graduate Route visa) can extend their leave in the UK
- Ukrainian nationals on an existing visitor visa can exceptionally switch into a points-based system immigration route without having to leave the UK
- Ukrainian nationals on an existing visitor visa can apply under the family route for further leave without meeting the immigration status requirement, provided they meet the requirements for leave based on exceptional circumstances
- Ukrainian nationals on an existing seasonal worker visa will have their leave in the UK extended to 31 December 2022
- Ukrainian nationals in temporary HGV/pork butcher jobs will have their leave in the UK extended to 31 December 2022 and will also be allowed to apply to the skilled worker route
- The concession also makes a provision for Ukrainian nationals and their dependants to waive the requirement to provide documentary evidence. This concession applies when you are making a permission to stay application and are unable to provide the required documents. If you wish to rely on this concession, the guidance advises that you will need to provide a written explanation as to why you cannot provide the document that you would normally be required to submit to support your application.
- To be eligible under the documentary evidence concession, you must have lawfully entered the UK prior to 24 February 2022, or made an entry clearance application and arrived in the UK after this date.
The EU Settlement Scheme Deadline is 30 June 2021 - Act Now to protect your immigration status if you haven't already.
If you haven't applied for the EUSS yet, and are eligible, or not sure if you are eligible:
- Refer to the government's information, and the university's information on the EU Settlement Scheme, and contact the Immigration Service if you are unsure of your eligibility. It is possible to apply from inside or outside of the UK.
- The UKVI have recently updated their coronavirus concession guidance. Some people will still be able to apply even if they have been absent from the UK for longer than 6 months for an important reason. See our FAQ for more details.
- If eligible, you must make your application by 30 June 2021.
If you are not eligible for status under the EU Settlement Scheme:
- You will require a visa to come to the UK and continue your studies. If you are studying a full-time course longer than 6 months, you can apply for a student visa. To obtain a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) for this purpose, contact:
- email@example.com if you are on an undergraduate course which started in 2020 or 2021
- firstname.lastname@example.org if you are on a postgraduate course which started in 2020 or 2021
- The Immigration Service if you are on a course which started before 2020
- You will not be able to enter the UK using an EU, EEA or Swiss National ID Card from 1 October 2021. You must use a passport instead.
- If you enter the UK without obtaining a visa in advance, or you obtain a visa and enter the UK before its start date, you will be classed as a visitor. You cannot study on a course of 6 months or more as a visitor, therefore, if this applies to you, you may be withdrawn from your course until you have obtained appropriate immigration permission and exited/re-entered the UK.
If you have been granted Pre-Settled or Settled Status:
- If you are intending to enter the UK using a passport or national ID document that was not included on your EUSS application (e.g., because you have obtained a new passport), you must update this information on your Digital Status Portal before travelling to facilitate your re-entry to the UK.
Many student/tier4 visa holders graduating this summer will be considering applying for the new Graduate Route visa. If you are one of them, we recommend carefully reading our information about the route, when to apply, and what alternatives are available. The route will launch, and its rules be finalised, on 1 July 2021. However, you will likely not be able to apply straight away, and in most cases it will be to your advantage to wait until closer to the expiry date of your visa before doing so.
Arrival Deadlines for Graduate Route Eligibility
On 11 June 2021, the UKVI updated its visa concessions in response to Coronavirus. This will affect students who are due to graduate in summer 2021.
Following this change, and subject to the other requirements of the route:
- Students currently enrolled on a course of 1 year or less (e.g. Masters students graduating this summer as planned) now have until 27 September 2021 to enter the UK for the first time
- Students due to graduate from a longer course (e.g. final year undergraduate, or postgraduate research students) have no specific deadline to return to the UK. However, they must meet the other requirements of the route, including returning to the UK and making the application before their student visa expires, and having spent a minimum of 12 months studying in the UK (remote study between 24 January 2020 and 27 September 2021 can be counted towards this)
When can you apply for the Graduate Route?
In most cases, it will not be to your advantage to apply for the Graduate Route immediately. Remember - a student/tier 4 visa permits certain types of work during the 4-month period between the end of your course and your visa expiry date. You should assess your options carefully, and be aware that:
- For many graduate roles, you may be offered sponsorship under the 'Skilled Worker' Route. Depending on your circumstances, and particularly if your goal is Settlement (Permanent Residence) in the UK, this may be a more advantageous visa route for you. You can switch from the 'Graduate Route' to the 'Skilled Worker' route, however, any application fee or Immigration Health Surcharge you paid for the Graduate Route is unlikely to be refunded.
- If you successfully apply for the 'Graduate Route', you will be granted a fixed period of immigration permission that starts from the day your application is decided. Therefore, provided you submit a successful application before the expiry of your current visa, the later you apply for this visa, the later its end date will be.
IMPORTANT: You must not apply for the 'Graduate Route' before the university has reported to the UKVI that you have completed your course. The university will do this automatically shortly after you become eligible (not until after your degree is conferred and your results officially notified to you), and you will receive an email confirming that the report has been made. If you attempt to apply for a 'Graduate Route' visa before receiving this notification, this may cause your application to be refused.
The Immigration rules are changing from 5 October 2020, bringing the 'new points-based system' Student route into force. This news item has incorporated the details of the 2 changes, one took effect on 5 October 2020 and one announced on 22 October with majority of the changes taking effect on 1 December 2020 and 31 December 2020.
This may affect:
- Non-European students who are currently in the process of preparing for a student visa application (including applying with dependants) to study a course at Warwick;
- Students who currently hold a Tier 4 student visa and intend to study a further course in the UK upon completion of their current course, as well as their dependants;
- Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, who have not lived in the UK before and intend to first arrive in the UK from 1 January 2021 to study a course which is longer than 6 months.