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Organising your visa

International students

In order to register for any course at City, University of London students must provide evidence of an immigration status permitting them to study in the UK.

Non-European Economic Area / Switzerland applicants who will study a full-time course for six months or more at City will need to apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa. It is important you read the online guidance carefully in order to start to prepare for this.

Please note: if you are holding a Tier 4 visa sponsored by a different institution or for a different course at City, University of London, you will have to make a new visa application before you will be able to complete your registration and start studying with us. If you have undertaken previous study in the UK as a Tier 4 student which you have not previously informed us of this may affect your eligibility for a Tier 4 visa and therefore you should contact us immediately with further information.

City has a team of International Student Advisers who can help with the Tier 4 application process. You can also read more about visa and immigration guidance here.

I am based outside the UK and I need a Tier 4 visa to study at City but I am not sure I will be able to get to London.

The UKVI updated their guidance to institutions on 16th June with a concession for the 20/21 academic year. The concession will allow you and us more flexibility in terms of how and when we issue you a visa.

City will publish updated visa information and processes in detail alongside outlines of how courses will be taught and assessed for 20/21 academic year by the end of July. This will provide you with the information you need to make a decision on how you would prefer to commence studying at City.

It is anticipated that there will be a number of options for most courses, including starting your course at City online in the expectation that you could transition to face-to-face teaching from January 2021 or as soon as it is safe for you to do so.

If you are based outside the UK, and wish to commence your study online, you would not require a Tier 4 visa. In advance of arriving in the UK, you would need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and to make a visa application as normal. The International Student Advice Team is available to support you and advise you on your visa application process throughout the whole year.

I woud like to come study in person at City in September.

If you are sponsored for a CAS for September start, please note that you might be asked to quarantine when you enter the UK in September. The UK Government introduced a 14 day ‘quarantine’ period for everyone entering the UK from overseas from 8th June 2020 with a small number of exceptions, including those travelling from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

These measures will be reviewed every three weeks but we do not know how long they will be in place. This means we need to prepare for the possibility that ‘quarantine’ measures will be in place when you begin your studies. If still in place in September, you will be able to self-isolate either in your Halls of Residence or in your own private accommodation.

I am based in the UK and I would need a Tier 4 visa to study at City.

You should apply for a visa in the usual way. We will start issuing CASs from end of July and you will receive all the necessary information via email in a due course.  Please check our webpages for more information on visa application process.

If I start my course in September but my first semester will be taught 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.’ You can find the latest information on our immigration news page.

EU students

If you are an offer-holder, your course starts before 31st December 2020 and you intend to travel to the UK before 31st December 2020you will NOT be required to apply for a visa in order to study in the UK. You will be able to travel to the UK the same way as you do now and you may go through the e-Gate if you hold a biometric passport.

As the UK left the EU with a deal, you will have right of free movement when your course starts. This means you can come to the UK to study, live and work as you do now. You will need to make an application under the  EU Settlement Scheme before 30th June 2021.

EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England. EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans, as well as FE and apprenticeships support. Read the latest government statement on fee status for EU students.

The Student Loans Company has confirmed that EU students starting a degree in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to have access to funding support for the duration of their studies. Find out more about funding support for EU students.

Our fees for progressing students may increase in each subsequent year by no more than inflation (measured by the UK Retail Prices Index) dependent on governmental policy.

Please note: Any students arriving in the UK after 31st December 2020 for any courses starting in 2021 will have to apply for a visa to study in the UK. The Government is currently developing the new immigration system, which includes the newly announced Graduate Immigration Route. 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 click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Visa Advice Team.

Do I need a visa if I start the course online and I am not 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. The Government is currently developing the new immigration system which will outline what the new Student Visa route will look like.

What happens if I choose to delay starting 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 click here.

Watch this video to find out what steps you need to take to apply for a Tier 4 visa: