Beware of scams targeting international students

If you receive an unexpected email, phone call or letter from someone claiming to be from the Home Office, be careful, as it may be a scam. The Home Office has issued new guidance on how to protect yourself from tricks and scams.

Some students have been tricked into paying large sums of money to fraudsters. If you think you might have been contacted by a fraudster, please contact Kent Union Advice Centre.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION – STUDENT INFORMATION

If you would like to find out more about the strike which is ongoing please see the FAQ page here.

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Overseas students re-sitting in May and June

If you are an overseas student and you are required to come back to the UK just to resit exams, you will need to apply for a short-term study visa.

Once you have received your short-term study visa, you must bring this to the Student Immigration Compliance Team for inspection and scanning. Please come to the Student Reception, The Registry Building with your passport and visa, at least 2 days before your first exam.

If you then need to apply for more time in the UK to continue your course after passing your exams, you will need to leave the UK and apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa.

Please see the Central Student Administration website for more information on resits.

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Lost or stolen passport or visa

If  your  passport or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is lost or stolen, please read the guide from UK Visas and Immigration below so that you know what to do to replace it.

The guide tells you what to do if you are in the UK or overseas.

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Tier 4: Working after your Studies – Doctorate Extension Scheme Talk

Kent Union Student Advice Centre and the Student Immigration Team will be hosting a session on the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES). This scheme is designed to give students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification an additional 12 months of Tier 4 (General) immigration permission in which to look for and start work in the UK.

If you are a PhD student, sponsored under a Tier 4 visa, and interested in the DES please join our presentation for further information. You must register your place here.

The session will take place on Monday 13th November at 10.30am in the Peter Brown Room in Darwin College. The session will take an hour with time for Q&A.

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Student Induction – MEDWAY

We will be holding an induction talk on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 2pm in the Clock Tower Lecture Theatre, for Medway students, to welcome you to the University of Kent and talk about your Tier 4 visa.

Your attendance to this event is mandatory.

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Biometric Enrolment Letter – Important Information

The way in which Biometric Enrolment letters are issued has changed. A Biometric Enrolment Letter (BEL) for  students is now automatically created when you complete your online application. UKVI have noted that a number of students have been submitting their Biometric Enrolment Letter and receipt from their biometric enrolment along with their supporting documents. This is not necessary; you should retain your BEL and receipt from your biometric enrolment for your own records.

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Out of office from September 13th

The Student Immigration Compliance Team will be moving to the Sports Hall from the 13th until the 22nd of September. For BRP collection times please see our previous post here.

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Returning Students – CAS issuing

If you are returning from Intermission, Year Abroad or Year in Industry, and you require a CAS, the latest CAS issue date will be the 8th September 2017. 

For more info on submitting a CAS application, please see our pages.

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BRP Collection

To collect your BRP from the University of Kent please use the ACL codes when making your visa application.

The ACL code for the Canterbury Campus is 2HE362

The ACL code for the Medway Campus is 2HE367

Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) may be collected from the University at the locations listed below at the specified dates and times.

NO COLLECTION​

Date Time Location
On or before Tuesday 12 September 9:30 – 16:30 Student Reception, Registry
Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 September and Friday 15 September – NO COLLECTION NO COLLECTION  NO COLLECTION
Saturday 16 September 9:00 – 18:00 Sports Centre, Main Sports Hall
Sunday 17 September 9:00 – 17:00 Sports Centre, Main Sports Hall
Monday 18 September – Thursday 21 September (inclusive) 9:00 – 16:30 Sports Centre, Main Sports Hall
Friday 22 September 9:00 – 14:00 Sports Centre, Main Sports Hall
From Monday 25 September 9:30 – 16:30 Student Reception, Registry

For more information on BRPs please visit our pages.

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