COVID-19: Important information about your visa
UKVI have released guidance for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
If you have not already requested an extension, you must request an extension by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) if your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term.
If you already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020, your visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.
You will be expected to return to your home country as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.
These arrangements apply until 31 July, when they will be reviewed.
If you are currently in the UK, need to extend your leave and are not able to do so (for example, because you do not meet academic progression or cannot normally switch in-country), please contact us at email@example.com.
Additionally, should you wish to enquire if, and how, time limits may affect you as a result of Covid-19, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be changes at the border because of coronavirus. Check what you need to do before you travel.
Some UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are resuming services, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs in your country, contact:
- TLS contact if you’re in Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East
- VFS global for all other countries
Ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Contact your local VAC to find out the latest status. Where services are resuming, existing customers will be contacted.
Some English Testing Centres are also resuming services. Visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)’s website, the Pearson Test of English website or the LanguageCert website or contact your test centre for more information on where we are reopening and how you can book your Secure English Language Test.
If you are making a visa application (including a BRP replacement application), you should ensure you use your UK postal address. If you have already submitted an application and used the University address, you should contact the relevant courier (TNT) on 0345 608 0630 to organise delivery to an alternative address.
The UKVI have confirmed that you are not required to register with the police or report a change of circumstances if social distancing measures prevent this. As police stations have suspended registrations and as this is not an essential activity, you do not have to register or update the police of a change of circumstances at this time. Once police services reopen, and social distancing measures are lifted, you should register and/or update any change of circumstances with the police as normal.
Please check the website of your police force for updates.
If you are considering taking an interruption from your studies, you are strongly advised to speak to an adviser to understand all of your options, and implications, before you do so. Please contact us at email@example.com.
Work conditions continue to apply as normal and as defined on our Working in the UK during studies section.
While normal work conditions continue to apply to you, as a result of Covid-19, the UKVI have also included the following guidance:
- Work restrictions for Tier 4 students who are working or volunteering for the NHS as nurses, doctors or paramedics have been lifted. This means that if you are a Tier 4 student and you are working or volunteering as a nurse, doctor or paramedic, there is no restriction on the number of hours you can work.
Please be aware that this only applies to those who are working or volunteering as a nurse, doctor or paramedic.
- If your studies have been suspended, and you are not able to engage on a remote basis, the UKVI have confirmed that, for work purposes, this is considered to be a vacation period so you may work full time during the suspension/interruption.
Please note, this only applies if, due to the nature of your programme, studying on a remote basis is not possible and you are therefore required to take an interruption of studies/suspend your studies for the time being and until further notice.
If you are a short term student and you have been given an exceptional extension of leave by the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) in this category as a result of Covid-19, you will be permitted to study on a further course other than the one you originally entered the UK to undertake.
These arrangements apply until 31 May, when they will be reviewed.
If you have immigration queries related to coronavirus, please email the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.
You can also call the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.
Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Calls are free of charge.