New COVID-19 Rules For UK Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants


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 The updates will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If a student is unable to return to the UK due to COVID-19, their T4 visa will not be withdrawn as long as they continue their studies virtually.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.