Kent and Brexit: Advice for students

Whilst we are still unclear of the UK’s position regarding its exit from the EU, we endeavour to continue to provide support and guidance to our students. You can find updates on this page which will continue to be updated with the latest information as more details become available: https://www.kent.ac.uk/european/advice/index.html

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University Closure over Easter

Please note that our offices will be closed on Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April 2019.

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Warning about travelling outside the UK whilst your application is pending

UKCISA have updated their web page detailing the new leave to remain application process in the UK. You can also find information here concerning our advice against travelling outside the UK whilst your application remains pending:

https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information–Advice/Visas-and-Immigration/Making-a-Tier-4-General-application-in-the-UK

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UKCISA advice for students on post-Brexit rules and entitlement

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK’s national advisory body supporting international students and those who work with them. They provide advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience, from immigration and fees to mental health, culture shock and orientation.

The latest advice and guidance represents UKCISA’s best current interpretation and understanding of government announcements as they relate to visa regulations, fee status and student support.

We hope that this general guidance for those currently in the UK or considering studying in the UK will be helpful.

 

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Holiday Closure

Please note that the University will be closed from 24 December 2018 to 2nd January 2019.

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IMPORTANT – Changes to the leave to remain application process

Please note that the Home Office has recently introduced a new service for individuals applying for Leave to Remain in the UK.

You can find more information about this on the UKCISA website as well as UKVI’s own guidance on the matter.

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MEDWAY: Protecting your Tier 4 status talk – Please sign up

The Student Immigration Compliance Team is holding an information session on “Protecting your Tier 4 status” at Medway – Pilkington Building Room 8 on 31 October 2018.

We will be talking about the University’s responsibilities, your conditions of stay and how we can work together to protect your sponsorship.

It is very important that you maintain your Tier 4 status and we strongly advise you to attend this session.

Please book a place to attend here – where you can also find details on location and time. You do not have to email to confirm your place.

Our team and other members of staff will be available to answer your questions after the session.

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Beware of scams targeting international students

We have recently heard about a WeChat scam aimed at Chinese students, where the caller claimed to be from the Chinese Embassy and asked for bank details. You should never give a caller your bank details. Please read this warning from UKCISA about this particular scam.

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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Tier 4: Information sessions on how to protect your Tier 4 status

The Student Immigration Compliance Team is holding two information sessions on “Protecting your Tier 4 status”. We will be talking about the University’s responsibilities, your conditions of stay and how we can work together to protect your Tier 4 visa.

As you know, you are sponsored by the University of Kent on a Tier 4 visa to be in the UK to study for the duration of your course. There are conditions and responsibilities attached to your Tier 4 visa. It is very important that you understand and adhere to your visa conditions at all times. You can read more about this on our Visa Responsibilities page.

It is very important ensure that you maintain your Tier 4 status and we strongly recommend you attend one of the sessions. Please book a place to attend one our sessions here – you do not have to email to confirm your place.

Our team and other members of staff will be available to answer your questions after the sessions.

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Police Registration – No availability for on campus appointments

Unfortunately, the campus appointments for police registration are now all fully booked.

Students registering with the police should pick Longport Police Station from the drop-down menu and book a time slot.

The police have advised that if you are trying to contact them by phone you should leave a message with your contact details so that they can endeavour call back as soon as they are able.

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