Organising your visa
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.
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.
If you are sponsored for a CAS for January start, please note that you might be asked to quarantine when you enter the UK in January. 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 January, you will be able to self-isolate either in your Halls of Residence or in your own private accommodation.
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 January 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.
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.
Watch this video to find out what steps you need to take to apply for a Tier 4 visa: