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Specific advice for students studying in the UK on a visa

 Page last updated: 25 March 2020, 09:45

Please note that the VISAS Team Visa drop-in sessions will continue with modified operating times.  They will now be carried out using a live chat facility (see below link).  Visa drop-in times are as follows – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1000-1130 and Wednesdays 1300-1430. 

The VISAS Team are here to support you; please contact us through our online Visa drop-in service or via email.

Visa drop-in live chat (click on the link and login with your University id and password).

The Home Office has produced further guidance if your visa is expiring between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020 and you cannot leave the UK due to travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents 

Undergraduate students

Term ended on 13 March 2020 and teaching for the remainder of the academic year will be delivered online. There will be no teaching activity for the remainder of this academic year that will require you to be on campus. 
 
The VISAS team will be in contact with students with a Tier 4 visa to confirm that you will complete the academic year remotely.  

Postgraduate taught students

Term ended on 13 March 2020 and teaching for the remainder of the academic year will be delivered online. There will be no teaching activity for the remainder of this academic year that will require you to be on campus. 
 
The VISAS team will be in contact with students with a Tier 4 visa to confirm that you will complete the academic year remotely.  

Postgraduate research students

The usual requirement to agree annual leave and absence with your supervisor(s) remains in place. 

 

If you choose to work remotely then you must apply to do this as normal (see link below).  If you are currently on an authorised absence which will expire before you are able to travel to the UK to recommence your research then please apply for an extension to your absence (see link below).

VISAS Team – absence webpage.

Visiting students on taught programmes of study - Tier 4 

Term ended on 13 March 2020 and teaching for the remainder of the academic year will be delivered online. There will be no teaching activity for the remainder of this academic year that will require you to be on campus. 
 
The VISAS team will be in contact with students with a Tier 4 visa to confirm that you will complete the academic year remotely.  

 

Visiting postgraduate research students – Tier 4 visa

The usual requirement to agree annual leave and absence with your supervisor(s) remains in place. 

If you choose to work remotely then you must apply to do this as normal (see link below).  If you are currently on an authorised absence which will expire before you are able to travel to the UK to recommence your research then please apply for an extension to your absence (see link below).

VISAS Team – absence webpage.

 

All students on Short-term study visa

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020, your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must contact the Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) 

You can find further information on the GOV.UK page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

 

Suspending or Withdrawing from Studies

If you wish to defer, suspend or change your course your Tier 4 (General) visa may be affected. We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ; particularly the FAQ: Change of Programme and FAQ: Suspending and Repeating Studies

 

 

Applying for a new Tier 4 visa

If you will be continuing your study and need to apply for a new Tier 4 Visa please follow the information on the following webpage to prepare for your application  https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices/visa-and-immigration/inside-the-uk/index-new.page   
 
If you are finishing your PhD or doctorate qualification and want to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme further information is on the following webpage. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices/visa-and-immigration/inside-the-uk/des.page 

During the current circumstances the Home Office have confirmed you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.  

You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee. Please contact the visas team either by email visa@soton.ac.uk or during our online drop in for further advice. 

You will still need to attend a biometric appointment as part of your visa application. Sopra Steria has a list on their website of centres that are not open and how to contact them if you feel ill and cannot attend your appointment

 

VISA Advice Appointments

The VISAS team will be conducting advice appointments  using Microsoft Teams and will email you will email you with instructions on how to join the online appointment.

If your appointment is to submit a visa application, please scan or have clear photos of your documents before your appointment time. 

 

Biometric Residence Permit collection (BRP)

The VISAS team will contact you with the arrangements for your BRP Card if you submitted a visa application with a visa adviser

Registration/Right to Study Checks

The VISAS team can no longer complete “right to study” checks for new students. It is important that any non-EEA nationals joining the University do not travel to the UK please contact visa@soton.ac.uk

If you are a current student and have received an email about your passport/visa expiring, please contact the visas team for advice.

 

For further Visa advice, please contact the Visa Team

 

If your visa is expiring

On 24 March the UK government published new guidance for individuals whose leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020. 

If you cannot leave the UK leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19) your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020. 

You must contact the Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) to update your records if your visa is expiring and provide the following information

You can find further information on the GOV.UK page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents 

If you are required to register with the police

If you were required to register with the police as a condition of your current visa and are leaving the UK for more than 2 months, you must inform Police Nationalities. Follow the instructions to update an existing police registration on the following webpage:   https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices/visa-and-immigration/during-your-studies/police-registration.page   

 

For all further Covid-19 queries, please refer to the University’s COVID-19 (coronavirus): information and guidance.

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