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UK Visas and Immigration have provided some guidance for travellers crossing the UK Border at busy times. You can view this at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coming-to-the-uk/faster-travel-through-the-uk-border
The UK is expanding its use of automated eGates. eGates allow individuals to enter the UK without seeing a Border Force officer on arrival. As a student wishing to enter the UK for short term study, you must not use the automated eGate and instead ensure you see a Border Force officer to get your passport stamped with a Short Term Study visa. Please be aware airport staff may direct you to an eGate. It is your responsibility to explain you wish to enter as a short term student and need to see a Border Force Officer to get your passport stamped.
Please note, if you enter the UK via an eGate you will enter as a Standard Visitor, which only permits study in the UK for up to 30 days. If you enter via an eGate and your course is longer than 30 days, you will have to leave the UK and re-enter to receive the appropriate Short Term Study stamp in your passport.
The list of low-risk countries has been amended on 6 April 2019, 3 countries has been taken off the list ( Argentina, The Maldives, Trinidad and Tobago) and further 6 were added Full list of countries or territories is listed in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules. If you are a national of Argentina, The Maldives, Trinidad and Tobago you will have to provide your academic certificates and proof of maintenance as part of your visa application.
The Start-up scheme is aimed at people who wish to establish a business in the UK, and who have a business plan endorsed by a Home Office-approved endorsing body. It has replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur. If you already have an endorsement for a Graduate Entrepreneur application, your deadline for applying is 5 July 2019.
Home Office has introduced Access UK, a simple to use online application service for individuals wishing to apply and pay for a visa to visit, study or work in the United Kingdom (UK). This are the new links to most common visa application types:
Tier 4 and Short term student – https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type/tier4
Visitor - https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa/apply
PBS dependents - https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type/dependant
The new application process involves applying online by submitting your application and paying the visa and Immigration Health Surcharge fee. On making your application online, you will be able to opt for your preferred application method (standard, priority or premium service).
Once you have submitted your application online, you will need to book an appointment at one of the UKVCAS service points in order to provide your biometrics.
There are six service points you can provide your biometrics free of charge: in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Croydon. If you are unable to obtain an appointment at a free UKVCAS service point, you can book an appointment at one of the 50 ‘enhanced service points’ throughout the country. There will be an additional charge for using one of the enhanced service points which we understand is set at £55. The enhanced points in the south will be in Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Salisbury, full list is available on: https://www.soprasteria.com/docs/librariesprovider41/ukvi/ukvi-app-services.pdf
At your appointment at a UKVCAS service point, you will provide your biometrics, confirm your identify (using your original passport) , There is also an option to scan your original documents ( additional fee payable at the six service points). Following your appointment you will be able to leave the service point with all your original documents and await a decision pending the application method you have chosen.You can not leave the UK once your visa application is pending.
If you wish, you can scan and upload your documents yourself prior to your appointment.
From 5 November, you no longer need to submit photographs as part of an application in the UK. From 5 November you are also no longer be required to submit original documents (copies will be accepted) for an application made inside or outside the UK.
The immigration health surcharge fee has increased from January 2019. This means that if you plan to make a Tier 4 application around you should ensure that you have saved £300 per year of your visa.
For up to date information available on the effect of Brexit on current and prospective students please see UKCISA website. UK withdrawal from the EU is currently expected to take place on or before 31 October 2019.
The EU Settlement Scheme is opened for registration from 30 March 2019, and EU citizens living in the UK have until 30 June 2021 to apply, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement. More information is available on our EU Settlemnt Scheme page.
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