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Changes to current immigration system

The UK government is introducing a new Student Route visa to replace the current Tier 4 student visa. This new route will be available to apply for from the 5 October 2020 and will apply to students planning to travel to the UK for study commencing in January 2021. EU nationals planning to join us from September 2021 will now be part of our international student community and will be also be required to apply through this new route. More information on this route will be provided and updated on this page as we learn of it.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have issued advice for EU students on Brexit and what it means for students and their family. You can read the latest news on the UKCISA website.

You can find additional information on the Universities UK website.


EU Settlement Scheme now open to students

EU citizens who already live in the UK, or who arrive by 31 December 2020, will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021. Those arriving after 23:00 on 31 December will fall under the government's new immigration system, the Student Route. Those EU students already enrolled at the University and are returning to continue their studies, but have not yet applied for the EU Settlement Scheme, will need to arrive to the UK by 31 December in order to apply for pre-settled status and avoid the new immigration rules. You can find out more information on the UKCISA website.

Immigration requirements

If you arrive in the UK before 23:00 on 31 December 2020:
If you are an offer holder from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland you will not be required to apply for a study visa from your home country as long as you arrive in the UK before 23:00 on 31 December 2020. If you arrive before this date you will have the right to study, live and work in the UK as now. It is important that you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme in order to protect these rights, please see more information above.

If you arrive in the UK after 23:00 on 31 December 2020:
EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens who move to the UK after 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will need to apply through the Student Route. The UK government is introducing a new Student Route visa to replace the current Tier 4 student visa. This new route will be available to apply for from the 5 October 2020 and will apply to students planning to travel to the UK for study commencing in January 2021. More information on this route will be provided and updated here as we learn of it.

To help prepare EU students that will need to apply through the Student Route, the UK Government has prepared tailored guidance.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) have issued advice for EU students on Brexit and what it means for students and their family. You can read the latest news on the UKCISA website.

You can find additional information on the Universities UK website.

Irish Nationals

Irish citizens will continue to have the right to live in the UK, this will not change after the UK has left the EU and you will not need to apply to the settlement scheme.

 

Current UK Immigration Rules

The Points Based System (PBS) is the UK system for managing migration for those non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of work or study. The system consists of five tiers, and Tier 4 (General) is the immigration category for students, postgraduate doctors and dentists, and students' union sabbatical officers.

If you are 17 years old or above and intend to study for a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Suffolk, you must apply for an adult Tier 4 (General) student visa.

The application form is available on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

To make a Tier 4 (General) application you are required to score 40 points.

Your 40 points will be based on the following:

  • Confirmation of a unique Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from your approved education provider (University of Suffolk), and the documents used to obtain this (30 points). To get a CAS number you will need to accept an unconditional offer from the University of Suffolk and pay your £3000 deposit.
  • Proof of evidence (e.g. Bank or building society statements, sponsorship letter) confirming that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees for the first year and a specific amount of money for living costs (£9,135), also referred to as maintenance costs (10 points).