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EEA Nationals continuing study at Warwick: Important Updates

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:

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:
    - ugvisa@warwick.ac.uk if you are on an undergraduate course which started in 2020 or 2021
    - pg.visa@warwick.ac.uk 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 You cannot study on a course of 6 months or more as a visitor, therefore, if this applies to you, you may be withdrawn from your course until you have obtained appropriate immigration permission and exited/re-entered the UK.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.
Mon 14 Jun 2021, 13:09 | Tags: Immigration Advice

Graduate Route Update: arrival deadlines, and when to apply

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.

Mon 14 Jun 2021, 12:09 | Tags: Immigration Advice

India added to the Red List countries

British nationals, Irish nationals or third-country nationals with residence rights and travelling to England are exempt from the ‘red list’ ban, but will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel facility for 10 days upon arrival and comply with all travel restrictions, including pre-departure testing.

Residence rights’ includes (but is not limited to) Student, Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer routes. It also applies holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave, those with rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including those with right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers) and family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Further information, including the link to booking the mandatory hotel quarantine, is available here.

With regards to visa service, UKVI India have provided the following information:

  • They will continue to process non-Visit applications – such as Student, Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer.
  • They will continue to accept Visit Visa applications – including 2, 5 and 10 year visit visas, and transit visas – however they will now defer issuing visit and transit visas until UK travel advice changes. If however, a visitor or transit application does not meet the requirements of the UK Immigration Rules it will be refused within UKVI’s normal customer service standards.
  • They will continue to process and return cases that have already been applied for, as the local situation allows.
  • Priority Visa and Super Priority will be suspended for all categories of visa until further notice.
  • UK Visa Application Centres will continue to operate, dependent on local rules and situations. However, services will likely run with reduced hours, reduced appointments and reduced staffing, to ensure staff and customer safety. They strongly advise customers to check the latest guidance on the VFS website before applying and selecting a VAC.
Thu 22 Apr 2021, 09:12 | Tags: Red List countries, Immigration Advice

Student Immigration Update – October 2020 (last updated 12 Nov 2020)

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.
Fri 02 Oct 2020, 11:02 | Tags: Immigration Advice