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Coronavirus: Student Visa Frequently Asked Questions

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Communications Team
Published date
22 March 2020

Page updated on 8 February 2021

For further information about UAL's response to coronavirus, visit our information page.

Monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents on GOV.UK.

If you have any questions about your visa or other immigration matters, please contact the Student Advice Service or

Travel corridors suspended

Travel corridors were suspended 4am, 18 January 2021.

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England.

Read about travel and transport measures in place to protect England from coronavirus.’

Mandatory hotel quarantine

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you must self-isolate for 10 days. You must have proof of a negative Coronavirus test to travel to England.

There are some countries from which travel to the UK is banned. If you travel to the UK from a banned country (also known as a ‘red list’ country) you will be refused entry unless you are a British or Irish National, or a third country national with residence rights in the UK. This includes for instance, individuals with Tier 4, Student visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain, holders of EU Settlement Scheme and holders of biometric residence permits.

Note that individuals with Visit visas travelling from a ‘red list’ country will not be permitted to enter the UK, even if the purpose is to study.

From 15 February 2021 anyone entering the UK from a banned country will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.

My visa is expiring and I cannot leave the UK due to Covid-19, what should I do?

Depending on when your visa expires, you may be able to request Exceptional Assurance from the Home Office. You should monitor the GOV.UK website which is updated regularly with information and guidance on what you need to do.

What visa documents are needed to enrol on my course?

Find out about the documents you will need to provide to the University so you can be enrolled.

What if I can't travel to the UK to start my course?

Find out about attendance, extenuating circumstances and deferral process.

My 30 or 90 day visa will expire before I can travel to the UK. What should I do?

You can apply for a replacement visa with amended validity dates. Check GOV.UK for further details on how to apply for a replacement.

Do I need to self-isolate when I arrive in the UK?

Monitor GOV.UK for information about who needs to self-isolate.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) at the Post Office

You should not collect your BRP whilst you are self-isolating. The Home Office have confirmed that your BRP will be kept at the Post Office for up to 90 days. If your BRP is not at the Post Office or the Post Office is closed due to coronavirus, contact the Student Advice Service.

Register with the Overseas Visitors Registration Office (OVRO)

Registration at OVRO has been suspended and the office is closed due to national lockdown. You should monitor the OVRO website for any changes or if you have already booked your appointment.

Lost or stolen BRP

Please contact the Student Advice Service for individual advice on your circumstances.

I would like to interrupt my studies and continue next academic year. What do I need to do?

You should contact the Student Advice Service for advice on the implications of this decision on your immigration status and future visa applications. You will then need to discuss time-out with your course leader. Requests will be considered in line with the regular procedures and will only be granted, at the discretion of the Dean.

If your request to take time-out is approved, UAL’s Immigration Compliance team will inform UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that you wish to interrupt your studies and your Tier 4 or Student route visa will be curtailed (cancelled).  As a result, you will have to apply for a new visa to return to the UK to resume your studies. You will pay the visa application fee and Immigration Health Charge again.

Diploma in Professional Studies

Please refer to our UAL Diploma in Professional Studies guidance and FAQs

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