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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:

New Application from outside the UK

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 is a greatly streamlined service to compare with the Visa4UK platform which is still available.

Customers can apply at:

Vier 4 –

Short term student -

Visitor -

PBS dependents -

New Tier 4 visa extension process

The Home Office has introduced a new service for those applying to extend their stay in the UK. Those wishing to extend their stay in the UK between 5th November to 29th November 2018, have the option of either applying using the new system or they can apply using the old system. From 30th November 2018 the old system will be replaced entirely by the new system.

The new application process will involve 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 new six UKVCAS service points in order to provide your biometrics. UKVCAS service points are being rolled out at various times throughout the month of November. There will be a service point in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and Croydon. Attendance at one of the UKVCAS service points is free of charge.

At your appointment at a UKVCAS service point, you will provide your biometrics, confirm your identify (using your original passport) and scanyour original documents. 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.

If you wish, you can scan and upload your documents yourself prior to your appointment.

 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:

Changes to the Immigration Rules November 2018

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.

Immigration Healthcare Surcharge

The Government has announced that the immigration health surcharge will double, probably from 8 January 2019. This means that if you plan to make a Tier 4 application around that time, you should ensure that you have enough money to pay £300 per year, instead of the current fee of £150.


For up to date information available on the effect of Brexit on current and prospective students please see UKCISA website. 

The EU settlement scheme has been tested since summer 2018, and is due to be available to all EU citizens from March 2019. From 21 January 2019 students who are EU nationals will be able to apply under the settlement scheme as part of the next phase of testing. Further information on how to apply can be found on UKCISA website.

The EU Settlement Scheme will be fully open by 30 March 2019, and EU citizens will have until 30 June 2021 to apply, in line with the draft Withdrawal Agreement.


Page last updated on Tuesday 8 January 2019 at 12.08pm.


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