Visa advice for current students during the COVID-19 situation

 

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

Studying outside the UK for semester 2:

If you have not used your CAS in a visa application and you have confirmed with your School or department that you will study outside the UK in semester 2, you do not need to apply for a visa at this time. If your course will continue into the 2021/22 academic year, you can request a new CAS in Spring 2021 from visa@manchester.ac.uk to cover the remainder of your programme.

Note: If you are a Masters student and interested in applying to the new post study work visa ('Graduate Immigration Route'), the UKVI requires you to arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021 and to complete your course in the UK.

Arriving for the start of Semester 2:

If you have not used your CAS but intend to travel to the UK for the start of semester 2, you should check the 'use by' date on your CAS and submit your visa application before this date. If you cannot apply for your visa before the 'use by' date on your CAS, you should contact visa@manchester.ac.uk

Studying remotely but arriving during semester 2:

If you have confirmed with your School or department that you will study remotely in semester 2 but you still intend to travel the UK during the semester, you should contact visa@manchester.ac.uk so that the latest arrival date on your CAS can be updated by sponsor note before apply for your visa. In planning your visa application, you should check the 'use by' date on your CAS and submit your visa application before this date. If you cannot apply for your visa before the 'use by' date on your CAS, you should contact visa@manchester.ac.uk

Note: If you are a Masters student and interested in applying to the new post study work visa ('Graduate Immigration Route'), the UKVI requires you to arrive in the UK before 6 April 2021 and to complete your course in the UK.

 

The UKVI has ended its free vignette replacement scheme.

You will need to apply for a transfer of conditions (vignette transfer). This is not a new visa application and does not require another CAS. If your TB certificate has expired you will need to obtain a new one and include it as part of your visa application. The cost of the application is £154. The replacement vignette will be valid for 90 days.

https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/uk-visit-visa

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 you are planning to travel after the start of semester 2, your School or department must have agreed that students can study remotely in semester 2. For students on courses that have agreed remote study, we will notify the UKVI of the change to the latest arrival date through the UKVI Sponsor Managment System; you will not receive an updated CAS as this has now been Used in a visa application. 

On 1st July 2021 the new Graduate immigration route (post study work visa) will open. Students who are due to graduate in 2021 and currently distance learning outside the UK due to the pandemic will need to return to the UK for their last semester, deadline 21st June 2021, in order to be eligible under the Graduate route. Please read our webpage on the Graduate Immigration Route for more information.

If you are not in your final year of study, you can continue studying remotely.

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.

Please note that the UKVI concession that permits remote study does not extend beyond the 2020/1 academic year.

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 apppointment 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 (eg. 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. 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.

The University of Manchester will not withdraw sponsorship of Tier 4 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 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. 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.

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 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 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.