Visa & Immigration COVID-19 FAQs

We understand that the current situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic has created many questions about the impact this has on your immigration status in the UK or your ability to obtain a visa to start a course of study. This page aims to address the common questions we have received from students.

For complete guidance on applying for visas to study at LSHTM, please visit our Visa & Immigration section

I have made a successful visa application outside the UK, but I am unable to travel during the validity of the entry clearance sticker. What can I do?

If your 90-day vignette has expired, or will expire before you are able to travel to the UK, you will need to apply for a replacement by completing the online form. The cost of replacing an expired 90 day vignette is £154 and you will need to make an appointment to resubmit your biometric information. We strongly advise that you only apply for a new visa, or apply to replace an expired vignette, when you are confident you can travel to the UK. The new vignette will be valid for a period of 90 days. If you cannot travel during this time, you may need to apply again to update your vignette. If you are from a country that requires you to show you are free from TB as part of your visa application, you may have to provide an updated clearance certificate with your vignette transfer application if your previous one is more than 6 months old.

I have recently arrived in the UK and need to collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). How can I do this?

If your BRP is coming to LSHTM, we will email you with instructions once we have received it. If you think we should have received it by now and you have been in the UK longer than 1 month, please contact us with a copy of the letter from UKVI so we can look into this for you. Although we are working remotely, we do have staff going in to the office to process BRPs and to arrange delivery to students.

If you are required to collect your BRP from a Post Office, please go to the address detailed on your letter from UKVI.

Do not panic if you are unable to collect your BRP before the date your entry clearance sticker expires.

How do I collect my BRP card if I am in quarantine/self-isolation?

You must not collect your BRP card until you have completed your quarantine period.

You are normally required to collect your card within 10 days of your arrival in the UK, but this has been extended in recognition of quarantine rules. You will need to collect this as soon as after you have completed your quarantine period.

If you have to leave your quarantine to post your COVID-19 testing kits, you must use a post-box, and not use this as an opportunity to collect your BRP card from the Post Office.

Can I travel to the UK as a Visitor to start my course?

No. If you are commencing a full-time degree course you must have a Student Route visa in order to be able to travel to and study in the UK. LSHTM will not be able to let you continue studying on your course if you enter the UK with the wrong immigration permission. If you are studying a short course, or a distance-learning programme, you can come to the UK as a Visitor for face-to-face teaching. Read our guidance for short-study students for more information. 

I am travelling to the UK in the coming months to start / continue my course at LSHTM. How do I know what I need to do?

Please read LSHTM guidance on Arriving in the UK.

I need to update my Police Registration Certificate / Register for the first time. Can I still do this?

Yes. The Overseas Visitors Records Office is running a pre-booked appointment system. Please log on and book the next available appointment. Full information on how to register with the Police can be found on our website.