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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Question for Home Office

UIN 57224, tabled on 9 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend the application window for Tier 4 visas from three to six months, in order for international students beginning their courses online to know that they will be eligible for a visa to enter the UK before they begin studying.

Answered on

17 June 2020

Students are currently permitted to apply up to three months in advance of the course start date listed on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Students commencing a course of study outside the UK, are not required to hold a visa to commence the course. All provisions are being kept under regular review in light of the situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Visa Application Centres (VAC) are starting to re-open which will enable students to submit their applications and enrol biometrics.

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