British Nationals (Overseas) in Hong Kong

The UK government has announced a new immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens to be brought in from January 2021 as a result of the announcement of national security legislation in Hong Kong. Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website (regularly updated).

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Police Registration

Please be advised that currently all appointments are still suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus. Kent Police are concerned for the safety of all foreign nationals, hence why there is no availability for appointments on the system.

For more information on how to register, please read here

However, if you have a police registration condition, you are required to register, to create accounts online and upload a photograph. The Police will email you to let you know how to proceed.

Please check your email account regularly.

To contact the Police please use the email nationality.dept@kent.police.uk

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Postgraduate extension to completion date

The Graduate School has announced that an extension to your completion date may be applied for, if required, as a result of the Covid-19 situation.

You should discuss this with your supervisor in the first instance. You should notify our team as soon as possible so that we can advise you on implications to your Tier 4 visa and sponsorship. Please note, that an extension to your completion date will also mean an extension to all Tier 4 responsibilities and conditions.

More information on this here and the Graduate School webpage.

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Graduation ceremonies in July 2020

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the graduation ceremonies due to take place this July in Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, have been postponed. Students will be contacted and given the opportunity to attend a celebration ceremony later in the year – More information here.

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OFFICE CLOSED – COVID-19

Due to the current unprecedented events presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, following government advice to protect the wellbeing of students and staff, our physical premises are now closed.

As a result, the Student Immigration Compliance Team (visacompliance@kent.ac.uk) is now working off-site. We are unable to answer phone calls so we are therefore only able to deal with enquiries via email for the foreseeable future. We will continue to be contactable by email during regular working hours from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you are contacting us regarding COVID-19, please continue to check the University’s page https://www.kent.ac.uk/coronavirus for the latest updates and links to other resources for guidance.

We will respond to emails within 1-2 working days but please be advised that at times service may be intermittent and may change as situations arise.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, however our priority is to continue to provide our service in a safe way for students and staff due to these exceptional circumstances.

Please stay safe and take care of yourselves during this difficult time.

Best wishes

Student Immigration Compliance Team

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Information re: Police Registration – Coronavirus

Please be advised that currently all appointments have been suspended due to the Coronavirus. Kent Police are concerned for the safety of all foreign nationals, hence why there is no availability for appointments on the system.

However, if you have a police registration condition, you are required to register, to create accounts online and upload a photograph. The Police will email you to let you know how to proceed.

Please check your email account regularly.

To contact the Police please use the email nationality.dept@kent.police.uk

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Coronavirus update

The University continues to monitor the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Public Health England (PHE), the British Council and World Health Organisation (WHO) following the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

As is consistent with the latest FCO and British Council advice, we are postponing all study, research and work-related travel to China and advising all staff and students against making any trips for personal reasons.

The government has stated that the UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease.

Please find current updates on the University’s position on the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak here.

We would also recommend that you check for updates on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website as they provide information from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the Department for Education (DfE) as well as general support for international students.

If you are concerned that any absences will affect your immigration status, please read the FAQs for further information. Please note that absences not relating to illness will not be authorised. Tier 4 students are still expected to abide by the terms and conditions of sponsorship and as such should notify the relevant departments as per information in the FAQs.”

For more information please visit our dedicated page.

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Industrial Action – Information about strike period

You may access the full page of information available here.

Please assume all classes are being taught unless you are told otherwise. As long as you continue to attend all contact and engagement points wherever possible, your visa status will not be affected by the industrial action. Your academic school will issue the necessary authorised absences for contact points affected by the action.

For taught students, you should attend rescheduled events being held within normal prescribed term dates (term ends on Friday 3rd April 2020). Your attendance and participation are required during term time as conditions of your Tier 4 sponsorship.

While other staff may offer advice about your status, it is important that you only take advice on your Tier 4 student visa status from qualified members of University or Kent Union staff:

We appreciate this may be a difficult time for some of our international students. Please be assured we are here to help you. Please refer to the Advice and Support section if you require further guidance.

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New graduate immigration route: two-year work visa for graduates

On 11 September 2019 the UK Government announced the creation of a new graduate immigration route. The route will be open to international students who entered the UK in the academic year 2020/21 onwards and have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above.

The application process for the new immigration route has not been implemented and will be published in due course. In the meantime, the Home Office has published a Graduate Immigration Route Factsheet.

More information about working after your studies on the UKCISA website .

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Industrial Action – Strike information

You may access the full page of information available here.

Please assume all classes are being taught unless you are told otherwise. As long as you continue to attend all contact and engagement points wherever possible, your visa status will not be affected by the industrial action. Your academic school will issue the necessary authorised absences for contact points affected by the action.

While other staff may offer advice about your status, it is important that you only take advice on your Tier 4 student visa status from qualified members of University or Kent Union staff:

We appreciate this may be a difficult time for some of our international students. Please be assured we are here to help you. Please refer to the Advice and Support section if you require further guidance.

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