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Latest news and developments in visa and federal loans policy

1 July 2021 - Graduate route opens, DES closes, EUSS, & exceptional assurance

There are many major changes to the immigration landscape in the UK today, especially in regards to international students. 

  • The Graduate route is now open, however we strongly recommend you take a look at our previous update below with regards to the route so that you understand how, and when to apply
  • The Doctorate Extension Scheme which offered PhD graduates a 1 year visa to find work post-study has now closed for all new applicants
  • The deadline for most EU/EEA/Swiss nationals to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme has now passed; you may still be eligible to apply, if you require further guidance please contact the International Student Support Office
  • The exceptional assurance scheme has been extended to include anyone with visas expiring before 30 September 2021

We will be updating our webpages soon to give further detail about the Graduate route in particular, please bear with us whilst we digest the new rules and guidance. If you have specific questions about any of these changes please get in touch with us.

11 June 2021 - Covid-19 concession updates

Today the Home Office have updated the concessions relating to the impact of covid-19 on visa holders.

The most important update relates to the Graduate route; students who began a course of 12 months or less in 2020 via distance learning, and who have not previously entered the UK to study now must arrive in the UK either before their visa ends or by 27 September 2021, whichever is sooner. This removes the previous date of 21 June 2021.

There are also new changes that impact those looking to apply for Student visas in the UK. If you have questions regarding any of these further changes, please get in touch.

10 June 2021 - graduate route webinar slides

On Thursday 10 June 2021, ISSO ran a webinar on the Graduate Route, opening 1 July 2021. 

You can find the slides from the presentation here.

8 June 2021 - red, amber, green list updates

The Government has updated the UK's red, amber, and green list.

Details of the changes can be found here.

1 June 2021 - updated blog from UKCISA on working restrictions

UKCISA have updated their incredibly useful blog on working definitions and how certain types of work may affect Student and Tier 4 visas. 

The blog can be found here

26 May 2021 - Prepare for Work online course from Study UK

UKCISA have shared details on an upcoming course run by Study UK designed to help you navigate the job market in the UK.

Details can be found here.

4 March 2021 - upcoming changes to immigration rules

Today the Home Office released details of upcoming rule changes.

These changes will bring in the new Graduate route, close the Doctorate Extension Scheme, and make minor changes to the Student route. 

For further details on these changes and how they may affect you, please contact us.