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We are committed to providing accurate, up to date information to our clients where possible. The sections contain information that affects you and your educational goals.

If you do have any questions, please get in touch with us. If you are currently enrolled on a course, please contact your University International Office for further support, clarification and guidance. We are also more than happy to support you through understanding certain news and updates in particular those which directly affects you.

Latest Updates

9th April 2021
The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh to be added to England’s red list

International visitors who have departed from or transited through these countries will be refused entry into England, while those with residence rights in the UK (including long-term visa holders) will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days.

During their stay, passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result. The new measures have been introduced to protect the country against new COVID-19 variants at a critical time for the vaccine programme.

Students from the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh can travel to the UK on or before the 9th to avoid the mandatory hotel quarantine.

5th March 2021
Immigration: Graduate Route / Post Study Work Visa

The Government has announced today that the new Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021, to allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best international students from around the world. The new route enhances the UK’s higher education offer and ensures that international students will continue to choose the UK as the destination to study and build their careers.

As detailed in the Immigration Rules laid in Parliament today 4 March, the route will enable international students to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years (three years for doctoral students) after they have completed their studies. All international students who have successfully completed a degree (or other permitted qualification) at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, and who have valid Student (or Tier 4) permission at the time of application, will be able to apply.

The Graduate route will be unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer in order to be eligible. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required.

Whilst the route will not lead to settlement, those on the route will be able to move into another work-based route, such as the Skilled Worker route - which does lead to settlement - once they meet the requirements.

Due to COVID-19, we have also put in place concessions for students unable to travel to the UK due to the pandemic. Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 now have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible for the route. Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

24th February 2021
Immigration: May intake – Current Students - Financial requirement

Those students who have been in the UK on a visa for 12 months now no longer need to show financial evidence to Home Office when they are applying for visa extension from within the UK. This is welcoming news for those students who are intending to pursue another post graduate degree. This applies to all your dependants if they are currently in the UK and have lived in the UK in the previous 12 months. This new immigration rule came into force few weeks back as part of governments new immigration rules post Brexit.

Immigration: Graduate Route – 2-year post study work visa

The UK government has announced that more information on this route will be released on 6th April 2021. Those currently are studying online in their home countries and are awaiting to arrive in the UK due to COVID restrictions, there are concessions in place for you to just arrive in the last semester of your course with a certain deadline to avail the Graduate Route.

Those who started in September 2020 will need to be in the UK by 6th April 2021 and those who started course in January 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27th September 2021. Please ensure to make travel arrangements based on this information if need be

24th February 2021
Welfare: Preparation for your arrival to the UK

Those travelling to the UK in the next few weeks it is very vital you read our pre departure information before you make arrangements to arrive in the UK. It can be an overwhelming experience to move to another country. At Student Connect we are truly committed to building your future and will support you throughout your time in the UK from pre arrival to your post study work plans. Please go through this document about our pre-departure guide to know essential information.

23rd February 2021
Welfare: Student Support for International Students.

This pandemic has been real tough on all of us and international students often are not aware of the university support systems that are in place.

With the entire world suffering job losses in the casual labour market and families’ income in home countries being hijacked by Covid, international students may find it hard to navigate through this hard time especially when they are away from their families. This could be financially, mentally and emotionally.

Every university will have student support systems in place and you can access these. Please contact your university for support. Every university also will have a Students Union where you can seek support. It is vital you seek support as early as possible so that the university can support you in a timely manner. There is specialist mental health support, hardship funding and general welfare support. As an international student, you are not allowed to seek public funding, however, you can access university hardship funding which need not be returned back. If you are struggling with paying your tuition fees, speak to the university finance department as a matter of urgency to set up an instalment plan if possible or get a payment holiday due to the ongoing pandemic.

This includes recent Government COVID financial hardship funding given to Universities which you can access for a limited period of time.

22nd February 2021
COVID: British Prime Minister sets out roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions

The UK has laid out the roadmap for ease of lockdown today 22nd February. A four-step roadmap has been introduced that by May 2021 the UK could be completely released from its current restrictions. This is a great news for our May and September 2021 intake students who fully be able to enjoy their transition to the UK more smoothly. However, the decision on each stage will be based on data not dates, and government will move cautiously to keep infection rates under control.

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-roadmap-to-cautiously-ease-lockdown-restrictions

19th February 2021
COVID: Additional Measures have been introducing when you wish to enter England.

UK Government in addition to mandatory covid test have now introduced mandatory hotel quarantining for nationals of some countries and for others a COVID Test packaging costing £210.

This below is the summary of rules when entering the UK.

Before Arriving in England everyone must:

  • take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
  • complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number

After you arrive in England, you must:

  • take 2 coronavirus tests - you’ll need to book these before you travel
  • quarantine for 10 days - either in the place you’re staying or in a quarantine hotel

Where you need to quarantine depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You have to take these tests and quarantine, even though you provided a negative test result to enter England.

8th January 2021
COVID: UK Government introduces mandatory isolations and COVID Tests

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally. The following have been introduced:

These are the following regulations that is in place:

  • all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure
  • passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
  • all passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result
  • passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

5th January 2021
COVID: Frequently asked questions video

Student Connect has produced this video for our students to understand some of the frequently asked questions from our students