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Coronavirus: Student Visa Frequently Asked Questions

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Written by
Communications Team
Published date
22 March 2020

Page updated on 02/08/2021

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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

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.

Can I study online in the 21/22 academic year?

Please visit the Coronavirus: updates on 21/22 academic year for the most up to date information about how to request to study online and how long you can spend studying online.

The Visa Application Centre (VAC) in my country is closed, where should I submit my visa application?

If your VAC is closed due to coronavirus restrictions, you can apply online and select a VAC in another country worldwide to submit your application and biometrics. You’ll need to make sure you’re permitted to travel to that country beforehand.

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. Contact the Student Advice Service for further assistance.

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.

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

You should not collect your BRP whilst you are quarantining. 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.

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.

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