New scam targeting Chinese students

Unfortunately we’ve been made aware of another scam targeting Chinese students. This time, the person on the phone is claiming to be the Assembly of China and accuses the student of money laundering crimes.

Rather than asking for payment they just ask for personal details of bank accounts. It appears to be a very sophisticated scam; the student is given a case ID number and given a website to access. When they enter the case ID into the site they’ll be shown an authentic-looking (fake) case that’s supposedly from the highest court in China alongside their own photograph from National ID card. Funds are then taken from their bank account.

The case we’ve heard about resulted in a student losing £7,000, but the Chinese Embassy has said most sums are much larger.

Please be reminded and staff should remind students to be careful and vigilant with calls from unknown numbers. In this case the initial phonecall is from a UK number, but they’re asked to call a Chinese number.

 

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New link for police registration website

The link on the Police Registration bookmark you received at registration has been updated to https://beta.kent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ov/registering-overseas-visitor/ 

Please use this link to register and book your appointment.

Thank you and apologies for the inconvenience.

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New student arriving at Kent? September 2019

For any queries about Arrivals procedures please visit our Arrivals 2019 page.

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Under 18 and arriving in September?

Due to a change in certain regulations, if you are under 18 and applying for a Tier 4 visa to study at Kent in September, we strongly recommend that you use the University’s ACL code which will enable you to collect your BRP from the University of Kent.

The University’s ACL code can be found here.

If you have questions please contact us on visacompliance@kent.ac.uk

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eGates: Entering the UK – Advice to non-visa nationals included in the expansion scheme

With effect from Monday 20th May 2019 travellers from the following countries will be able to use eGates:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • USA

Nationals from these countries entering the UK either as a visitor or as a Tier 4 student, will no longer be required to speak to a Border Force Officer on entry to the UK.

Visitors and Tier 4 students who use the eGates will not receive a stamp in their passport. A visitor is someone who is entering the UK primarily as a tourist. If you are coming to the UK to study for less than 6 months, you would not be classed as a visitor but as a Short-term student.

If you are a:

You can use the eGates but you must retain evidence of your boarding pass as the University will request to see a copy of this when registering you as a student.

DO NOT USE THE eGATES. You must speak to a Border Force Officer in order to obtain a short-term study stamp in your passport. If you do use the eGates, the University will not be able to register you as you will not be able to study for longer than 30 days. You must therefore leave the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Crown Dependencies) and seek re-entry in the correct category via a Border Force officer before we can register you on your programme.

 Further information can be found on the following websites:

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

Home Office – Border Force

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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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