The UK Government’s new points-based immigration system, will come into force on 1 January 2021.
The Student route, which is part of the UK’s new points-based immigration system, opened for applications on 5 October. This route replaces the existing Tier 4 student route.
From 5 October, all prospective international students, including those from Europe coming to study in the UK after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020), will need to apply through the Student route before coming to UK. Further guidance for EEA students can be found on GOV.UK
EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 do not need to apply through the route. They, and their family, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.
The Student Route is open to EU/EEA and Swiss students as well as international students, but EU/EEA and Swiss students resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 should not apply through the route. These students, and their family members, are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Those resident here by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to do so. You can apply online once you have arrived in the UK.
EU/EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the Student route, ahead of arriving in the UK. This includes those who begin their course remotely in autumn 2020.
Any EU student who doesn’t arrive before 31 December will need to apply via the Student route. Please note you cannot apply for the Student route from within the UK – you must apply from your home country. Our Admissions team will need to know if EU students plan to travel in advance (and therefore qualify for the settlement route), or if they plan to physically arrive in the UK in January. If the latter, our Admissions team will need to start working on visa applications with them from November 2020 at the latest.
EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months, without applying for a visa and may participate in short term study.
All students applying through the new Student route will need to demonstrate they meet the required 70 points. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.
A Student visa will cost £348 if applied for outside the UK and students will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their application, which gives migrants access to the UK’s National Health Service on generally the same basis as a UK permanent resident. Students will receive a 25% discount on the Immigration Health Surcharge. The cost of the Immigration Health Surcharge is due to increase later this year. Find out more on GOV.UK