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New Student Visa Route from 5 October 2020

The UK government has announced that the previous Tier 4 route has been replaced by the Student Visa. We will be updating our webpages as we receive further information but understand some students will have questions on how these changes will affect your visa application.

If you are not from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Applications made from outside or within the UK will now be made under the new student route. You must have a CAS from LSHTM to study a new course, or extend your visa to complete your current course.

Please note that if your CAS was issued before 5 October 2020 whilst the Tier 4 rules were still in place, you will still use the same CAS to apply under the new student visa route. It will no longer be possible to submit a Tier 4 visa application.

If you are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland

    For EEA nationals, the new student route will take effect for applications made in the UK on or after 1 January 2021. EEA nationals outside the UK can apply under this new route from 5 October 2020, for entry to the UK from 1 January 2021.

    You will be able to submit a visa application outside the UK under the new student visa route if you have a CAS issued by the School. However, if you arrive in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020, you can apply under the EU Settlement Scheme instead.

    We strongly encourage our EU students to apply for the Settlement Scheme as soon as possible. We also strongly recommend that incoming EU students arrive in the UK before 31 December 2020 to ensure their eligibility for the Scheme. You will then have until 30 June 2021 to apply.

    What will be different to Tier 4?

    • You will be able to submit a student visa application to come to the UK 6 months before the course start date rather than 3 months before.
    • The time limit (study cap) for having a student visa will be removed if you are studying at postgraduate level.
    • If you, your dependent partner, or dependent child have been living in the UK for 12 months or more at the time of your application in the UK, you will satisfy the financial requirements. This means that you will not need to submit any financial evidence with your application.
    • The maintenance amount will be increased to £1,023 per month for demonstrating that you meet the financial requirements as part of the visa application. This increase will come into effect in 2021.
    • The new student visa route will be introduced shortly after a planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge for students from £300 per year to £470 per year.
    • Students will be eligible to bring their fiancé, or proposed civil partner as their dependant. Provision will be made for unmarried partners who have lived together for 2 years.
    • Nationals from the EU, EEA and Switzerland have been added to the list of ‘low risk’ nationals. Students from these countries are not required to submit evidence to show that they meet the financial requirements or provide their academic qualifications used to obtain an offer of study. The Home Office however retain the right to request sight of these documents.

    The UKVI are set to publish new guidance on the student visa route, we will update this page as soon as the guidance in made available.


    Guidance for international students (MSc and Research)

    Preparing to come to LSHTM

    When you arrive in the UK

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