UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have extended the deadline for students on the Student visa, to arrive in the UK and engage with in-person studies, to 30 June 2022. (It was previously 6 April 2022). This means that Students on the Student visa will need to return to the UK for in-person studies by 30 June 2022 at the latest.  The deadline (30 June 2022) will impact students differently, depending on your programme and level of study.
 

If you continue to study remotely after 30 June 2022:
If you intend to continue studying remotely after 30 June 2022 (where your department allow this as an option), you will have your Student Visa sponsorship cancelled and may lose eligibility under the Graduate Route visa in the future.    

In the rest of this article, we’ve outlined specific guidance you’ll need to follow depending on your year of study. Please see the relevant guidance below on how the deadline (30 June 2022) will impact you below: 

 

 

 

How will the deadline (30 June) affect me?

 

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If you are on the International Foundation Programme
If you have been approved to study remotely for Semester 2 & 3, there is no requirement for you to travel to the UK and you should remain studying from your home country as we are unable to change your mode of study to 'on-campus' at this stage in the programme.
 

Undergraduates who are in Year 1 or Year 2 of study

You are expected to return to the UK for the start of the next academic year in September 2022.  If you are unable to travel to the UK for in-person teaching in September 2022, you may need to interrupt your studies.    
 

As the new deadline falls during your summer vacation period, there is no requirement for you to travel to the UK before 30 June 2022.  If you are already in the UK, you can travel during the summer vacation as per normal and are not required to remain in the UK over the 30 June 2022 deadline.  
 
 
Important to know: We strongly advise that you read our article How can I take a break from my course?  for further guidance on the things you’ll need to consider if you wish to interrupt your studies. If you'd like to discuss your situation further, contact our International and Visa Advice team at King’s; read our article What student support services are available?

 

 

Eligibility for the Graduate Route: Undergraduate students in Year 1, Year 2, and 30 June deadline and eligibility for the graduate Route for Year 3 study
 
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Undergraduate Year 1: Eligibility for the Graduate Route
Since you have over 12 months left of your programme to complete in the UK, your arrival date should not impact your eligibility under the Graduate visa. Please note however that immigration rules are subject to change and that you’ll need to assess your own eligibility for this route closer to the time you are due to complete your programme of studies.   
 
Undergraduate Year 2 : Eligibility for the Graduate Route 
If you have never held a Student Visa and require a Student visa to travel to the UK, we strongly recommend that you apply for your visa and arrive in the UK after the end of Semester 2 teaching (1 April 2022) to ensure that you can evidence that you have studied in the UK for over 12 months on a Student Visa to retain eligibility under the Graduate Route visa.   
 
Please note however that immigration rules are subject to change and that you will need to assess your own eligibility for this route closer to the time you are due to complete your programme of studies.  
 
Important to know: If you have held a valid Student Visa whilst studying remotely, time spent studying remotely before 30 June 2022 will count towards your Graduate Route eligibility and there is, therefore, no urgency for you to arrive in the UK by 30 June 2022. 
 
Undergraduate Year 3: 30 June deadline & eligibility for the Graduate Route
If you are required to attend any in-person assessments, then you need to ensure that you arrive in the UK in time for your assessments or by 30 June 2022, whichever is sooner. If you decide to complete your course remotely and this is agreed by your department, then you will lose your eligibility for the Graduate Route. 

Important to know: Students who want to apply for the Graduate Route visa after completing their studies must ensure they return to the UK after the end of teaching on 1 April 2022, but before the deadline of 30 June 2022 to ensure that they retain eligibility under the Graduate Route visa. 

 

If you are a postgraduate student

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September 2021 start: Master's students

If you are studying remotely for Semester 2, you will need to ensure that you arrange to return to the UK after the end of teaching on 1 April 2022 but before the deadline of 30 June 2022 to ensure that your Student Visa remains valid and that you retain eligibility under the Graduate Route visa. 
 
Master’s students are expected to be in the UK and studying full time, on-campus, on their dissertation during the summer period.    If you decide to complete your course remotely and this is agreed by your department, then you will lose your eligibility for the Graduate Route. 
 
PhD Students
PhD Students currently studying remotely as a result of Covid-19 are required to return to the UK by 30 June 2022 to avoid having their Student visa cancelled.  
 
Completing research outside of the UK
Where you are required to be outside of the UK to perform research as part of your PHD, it may be appropriate for you to be supported remotely via the PGR Off Campus Study Location process. 
 
You should discuss this with your supervisor in the first instance to understand whether this would be appropriate in your situation.  If you have applied and had been approved for the Off Campus Study Location process, you are not required to return to the UK before 30 June 2022.    
 
Remote Study
Where the Off-Campus Study Location Process is not appropriate, you should ensure that you arrive in the UK with a valid Student visa prior to 30 June 2022. 
If you are unable to arrive before this date and your supervisor confirms they can continue to support you remotely, for the time being, your Student Visa will be cancelled. 
You may need to apply for a new Student Visa before returning to in-person studies and you may lose eligibility under the Graduate Route visa depending on what further studies you are still required to complete.