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Visas and Immigration

The UK government introduced the new Student Visa route on 5 October 2020 which applies to all students planning to travel to the UK for study commencing from January 2021 onwards. 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. Please see the official 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.


EU Settlement Scheme now open to students

EU citizens who already live in the UK, or who arrived by 31 December 2020, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme until 30 June 2021. Those who arrived after 23:00 on 31 December will fall under the government's new immigration system, the Student Route.

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-UK nationals wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of work or study. 

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 Student visa.

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

To make a Student Route visa application you are required to score 70 points.

Your 70 points will be based on the following:

  • Study - must meet all (50 points):
    • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies requirement (to get a CAS number you will need to accept an unconditional offer from the University of Suffolk and pay your £3000 deposit)
    • Course requirement
    • Approved qualification requirement
    • Level of study requirement
    • Place of study requirement
  • 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 (£9,207), also referred to as maintenance costs (10 points). 
  • Meeting the UKVI's English language requirements (10 points).