Visa advice for current students during the COVID-19 situation

 

Information for current students during the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.

  • Not all courses are suitable for remote study. If your course permits remote study in semester 1, you are able to choose remote study from outside the UK without your choice having an impact on yout student visa.
  • If you started your course in 2020 and you have not yet obtained your student visa, you should request for new CAS from visa@manchester.ac.uk 3-4 months before the start of semester 2 or earlier if you plan to travel during semester 1. If you are starting your course in September 2021, your admissions team will create your CAS for you.
Important! The UKVI does not permit students with a student visa to study entirely remotely from within the UK. If your course permits remote study in semester 1 and you choose to travel to the UK, you will need to attend the blended learning option for your course that includes face-to-face teaching on-campus. 

If you chose not to travel during the time given on your 90-day travel vignette, you will need to apply online for a transfer of conditions (BRP vignette transfer). This is not a new visa application and does not require another CAS. The cost of the application is £154.

You should select the following options:

  • Confirm your visa type: BRP Vignette Transfer
  • Category of application: To transfer or replace your visa (vignette)

In the additional information section state that you have been granted a Student/Tier 4 visa but you will need a new vignette as you have not been able to (or will not be able to) travel to the UK before the expiry date of the vignette that you have been issued.

Please note that if were required to provide a TB test certificate with your original visa application you will be required to submit this again. If your TB test certificate has expired you must obtain a new TB test from a UKVI verified clinic before you apply for your replacement vignette.

You should also show that you are a student at the University of Manchester by submitting the confirmation of attendance letter that was e-mailed to you after you completed registration at the University; if you no longer have this letter, you can obtain a duplicate from ssc@manchester.ac.uk

While the UKVI permits students with a visa to remote study from outside the UK until 6 April 2022, the University has not decided whether remote study will be available to students in semester 2.

You will not be penalised for waiting until after your period of quarantine to collect your BRP card. Your BRP card will be kept securely for you until you are able to book a collection slot and collect it. If you are feeling unwell, you should not attend your BRP collection slot appointment and instead book another slot when you are feeling better.

Please note that if you apply for a transfer of conditons (replacement vignette), the UKVI will issue a new BRP card for you to collect; the previous card issued must be returned to the UKVI by the collection venue.

If you are a registered student at the University of Manchester and you left the UK due to Covid-19 but have continued to maintain academic progress by studying remotely during the 2020/21, you will be able to use your visa to return as soon as circumstances allow provided your visa has not expired. You do not need additional documentation from the University to re-enter the UK if you have a valid visa.

Police registration was suspended by Greater Manchester Police International Visitor Registration Office on 5 January 2021, in response to the latest national lockdown. After lockdown has been lifted, any available appointments can be booked through your MyManchester portal. You should expect a delay in being able to book an appointment as appointment availability is expected to continue to be reduced to meet social distancing requirements.

You will not be penalised if you cannot obtain an appointment and there is no availability but you must continue to try to book and attend the first available appointment.

You must also notify the police of any changes to your address and if you leave the UK for more than 2 months (or permanently). You can see more information on our police registration webpage.

You must seek to book and attend an appointment to inform the police within seven days if you:

  • change your UK address (this can be done at any police station without an appointment if you have a police registration certificate issued by Greater Manchester Police)
  • extend or change your immigration permission (visa)
  • change your place of study
  • obtain a new passport
  • change your name
  • change your marital status

There is no charge for these updates, but remember to take written proof of the change (e.g. a letter from your accommodation provider or University).

It is advisable that you keep your Police Registration Certificate in a safe place, along with your passport and BRP card (if you have one). If you lose it you must report it as soon as possible and get a replacement.

Remote study and absences - undergraduate and postgraduate taught

The University of Manchester will continue to sponsor student visas for students who are continuing to study remotely from outside the UK in semester 1 of the 2021/22 academic year, if your course permits remote study. If you are not able to study remotely, please contact your department or school to discuss what you are able to do during this time.

Important! The UKVI does not permit students with a student visa to study entirely remotely from within the UK. If your course permits remote study in semester 1 and you choose to travel to the UK, you will need to attend the blended learning option for your course that includes face-to-face teaching on-campus.

The University of Manchester will not withdraw sponsorship of Tier 4/Student visas where a student is absent due to the coronavirus in line with this UKVI concession. The UKVI have confirmed that sponsors are permitted to continue sponsorship of Tier 4/Student visas where a student is absent for more than 60 days, however please note this concession will be kept under review and so may change at short notice. We will update this webpage when further guidance is provided.

Remote study and absences - postgraduate research

Research students are encouraged to follow the advice and guidance of the Manchester Doctoral College.

The University of Manchester will continue to sponsor student visas for students who are continuing to study remotely from oustide the UK during semester 1 of the 2021/22 academic year. If you are not able to study remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis, please contact your supervisor to discuss what you are able to do at this time.

Important! The UKVI does not permit students with a student visa to study entirely remotely from within the UK. If your course permits remote study in semester 1 and you choose to travel to the UK, you will need to attend the blended learning option for your course that includes face-to-face teaching on-campus.

The University of Manchester will not withdraw sponsorship of student visas where a student is absent due to the coronavirus in line with this UKVI concession. The UKVI have confirmed that sponsors are permitted to continue sponsorship of Tier 4/Student visas where a student is absent for more than 60 days, however please note this concession will be kept under review and so may change at short notice. We will update this webpage when further guidance is provided.

An interruption of study (where the absence is not as a result of Covid-19) of more than 60 days is likely to result in sponsorship being withdraw of your Tier 4/Student visa. This means you will need to apply for a new visa in order to return to your studies at the University of Manchester. If you wish to interrupt, please contact the Student Immigration Team for advice before submitting a formal request for a change to your School, Department, or Faculty.

You will need to complete a continuing student CAS request form and have it signed off by your academic department or school. Once your form has been signed off, your department or school will return this form to the Student Immigration Team to create your CAS. You must not complete this form if you are a new student; in this situation, you must contact your faculty, school or department admissions team who will create your CAS for you.