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Visa and Immigration advice during coronavirus

A statement from City, University of London on our advice to prospective overseas students.

City, University of London is still accepting applications for students interested in joining in September 2021.

Due to the global pandemic, we're highly aware our overseas applicants will have concerns and questions about studying at City.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are doing all we can to mitigate the impact of the virus on our prospective students and their plans to join us in September 2021. We have put together the FAQ below to help answer some of the questions you may have.

I am an international applicant: I am studyig my Term 1 (Sept 2020 start) outside the UK and I need a Student visa to study at City in the Term 2. What do I have to do?

City will be sponsoring all international students for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if they can and wish to come to London in the Term 2, even if the course is delivered online. The International Student Advice Team is available to support you and advise you on your visa application process throughout the whole year.

You will be contacted by your Admissions/Course Officer asking you to confirm your intentions of studies: whether you can and wish to come to London in Term 2 or continue studying online.

If you choose to come to London in the Term 2 then you would need to apply for a Student Visa.

Deadline to apply for a CAS is 15 January 2021 and after that, no further CASs will be issued for the Term2/Term 3.

If you are UG student and wish to continue your Year 1 online, you will have the opportunity to get a CAS for the rest of your studies from 1 June 2021.

Please note that you might be asked to quarantine when you enter the UK. The UK Government introduced a 14 day ‘quarantine’ period for majority of countries when entering the UK from overseas.

You will be able to self-isolate either in your Halls of Residence or in your own private accommodation.

I am an international postgraduate applicant for January 2021 cohort: Can I start my course online and then come to the UK later on in the year?

Yes, you can start your programme online and then come to the UK later on in the year. You will be contacted by your Admissions/Course Officer asking you to confirm your intentions of studies: whether you can and wish to come to London in Term 1 or continue studying online.

If you choose to come to London in the Term 1 then you would need to apply for a Student Visa.

Deadline to receive a CAS is 15th January.

If you decide to start your programme online and then get a CAS later on, we will get in touch with you around March/April and start processing your CAS for the Term 2.

I am an international postgraduate applicant: I started my course in September online, can I still apply for Graduate Route Scheme in 2021?

The Home Office have confirmed that you will be eligible to apply if you start the course online ‘if [they] ….enter the UK before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of [their] studies in the UK.’

Therefore, if you wish to benefit from this immigration route, apply for a Student Visa for the Term 2.

I am an EU applicant: do I need a visa to come to the UK in the Term 2?

As an EU national, you do not need a visa to study in the UK provided that you arrive in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 and apply for permission to stay under the UK governments’ EU Settlement Scheme.

You may also find useful reading Universities UK International’s Brexit FAQs for EU students [PDF] and Brexit FAQs for EEA and EFTA students [PDF].

I am an EU applicant: I started the course online and I never been to the UK. Do I need to apply for a Student Visa to come to the UK later on? I will not be in the UK before 31st December 2020?

Yes. If you arrive in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 you will be eligible to apply for permission to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme. However, if you are planning to arrive in the UK on or after 1st January 2021, you would have to apply for a Student Visa.

You may also find useful reading Universities UK International’s Brexit FAQs for EU students [PDF] and Brexit FAQs for EEA and EFTA students [PDF].

I am an EU applicant: what happens if I choose to defer my studies to September 2021 instead?

If you decide to start your studies in 2021 or after and you have not arrived in the UK on or before 31st December 2020, you will be required to apply for a Student Visa before coming to the UK under the new immigration system.

Please note that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. For more information read the statement on Gov.uk on student finance eligibility.

You may also find useful reading Universities UK International’s Brexit FAQs for EU students [PDF] and Brexit FAQs for EEA and EFTA students [PDF].

I am an EU/International applicant wanting to study in September 2021

If you start your studies in September 2021 or after, you will be required to apply for a Student Visa before coming to the UK under the new immigration system.

Please note that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22. For more information read the statement on Gov.uk on student finance eligibility.

You may also find useful reading Universities UK International’s Brexit FAQs for EU students [PDF] and Brexit FAQs for EEA and EFTA students [PDF].