New Graduate route to open from 1 July 2021

In Autumn 2020, the UK Government published updated information concerning the Student immigration route.

On 4 March 2021, legislation was put through to launch the new Graduate immigration route.

It will be opened for applications from 1 July 2021.

For students who began their Master’s programme for 2020-21 by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, they must arrive in the UK before 21 June 2021 (amended from 6 April 2021) to complete their final semester of studies to be eligible for the route. Students who began their Master’s programme in January 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

The Graduate Immigration Route will enable students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree to remain in the UK for two years after study (three years if they have completed a PhD). Please follow the link above or see the Home Office Fact sheet for more information on the route.

The University Careers and Employability service will be offering a free session on this visa route delivered by Penningtons Law on 24th March from 6-7pm. To join the session, use this link and register

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is offering a FREE webinar about the new route on 25 March 2021 from 2:30-4:00pm. Students should book a place on the UKCISA website.

Kent Union Advice Centre also has information about the route.

 

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Travelling without a BRP

Under current UK Covid-19 restrictions non-essential travel, including abroad, is not permitted unless an individual has a legally permitted reason to do so.

The Home Office does not encourage travel outside the UK without your BRP card. If you choose to, you will need to make an application to apply for a single-entry visa in order to return to the UK. The fee for this is £154 and can be applied for here. This does not affect the production or validity of the BRP card or any existing grant of leave.

The cost of the single entry visa will not be refunded. If you choose to leave the UK before receiving your BRP card, you do so on the understanding that you will need to apply and pay for a single-entry visa to return.  UKVI will not refund the visa fee or reimburse any other costs associated with the application.

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Biometric Residence Permits Delays

Current update on BRPs:

The Home Office is working hard to respond to customer enquiries and resolve issues, but it is currently taking up to 40 days to respond.

Collection of BRPs:

To assist BIDMU in clearing outstanding enquiries, please do not send chaser e-forms or emails via https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/not-arrived or https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/collect.

The following information may also be of assistance:

  • If you are expecting your BRP to be delivered to your  UK home address you should contact UKVI’s delivery partner, TNT, directly to arrange re-delivery if you have received a delivery email from either UKVI or TNT.  https://delivery.tnt.com/tracking
  • If you need to change a delivery address, please can contact TNT directly. Please allow time for TNT to liaise with UKVI for their address details to be updated, this can take up to five working days.
  • If you are collecting your BRP from a Post Office you should not collect the BRP until after you have completed this period of isolation. BRPs will be held at their designated collection point for up to 90 days from the start date printed on the vignette and will be available for collection once you have fulfilled any quarantine requirements.
  • You will not face any penalties if unable to collect your BRP within ten days of arrival in the UK due to quarantine requirements.
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Travelling to the UK? Covid-19 requirements to enter the UK

If you are planning to travel to the UK in Spring term 2021, please follow this link for information on what you need to do prior to departure and upon arrival to the UK which is current as of 19.01.2021.

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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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