The UK has introduced temporary COVID-19 rules for Tier 4 student visa applicants. These updates set out temporary policy changes for Tier 4 Sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The updates will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.
Key Changes For UK Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants:
- Students who withdraw from their studies as a result of COVID-19 will be discounted from the sponsor’s data in future Basic Compliance Assessments.
- Where it is no longer practical or safe for a student to submit documents in person, it is acceptable for a digital copy such as a photograph to be provided and kept on file.
- If students are required to take a SELT, but a test centre is unavailable, higher education sponsors with a track record of compliance will be able to self-assess students as having a B1 level of English.
- If a student is unable to return to the UK due to COVID-19, their T4 visa will not be withdrawn as long as they continue their studies virtually.
You can apply for a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK if:
- You are 16 years of age or over
- You have an unconditional offer for a place on a course
- You can speak, read, write and understand English to the appropriate level
- You have enough money to support him/herself and pay for the course
- You are from a country that is not in the EU or Switzerland and meets the other eligibility requirements
To read all of the changes to the Tier 4 Student visa process, click here.