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Immigration updates

General updates

Police registration: From 5 August 2022, it is no longer a requirement for international students or their dependants to register with the Police.

Graduate visa and remote study: If you have been studying remotely in 2021/22, you must arrive in the UK by a specific date. These vary depending on your course start date and length and are outlined in the Remote Study section of our Graduate visa page which also covers eligibility and the application process.

CAS issuing timeframes and FAQs: You can find out when to expect your CAS and detailed answers to all of our Frequently Asked Questions on our CAS page.

ATAS: The UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) seem to be processing ATAS applications within their usual service standard of 30 days. We cannot chase ATAS applications that have been outstanding for less than 30 days. Detailed answers to all of our Frequently Asked Questions on our ATAS page.

British National (Overseas) visa: This visa route for British National (Overseas) passport holders and their family members who are ordinarily resident in Hong Kong or the UK. The visa allows you to live, work and study in the UK for up to 5 years and leads to settlement. Unless you are in the UK on a visa that allows you to switch into this category, you must apply for this visa before travelling to the UK. More information is available on the Home Office webpage.

EU Settlement Scheme: The deadline for initial applications to the EU Settlement Scheme for EU/EEA and Swiss nationals living in the UK without a visa has now passed.  EU/EEA and Swiss nationals either inside or outside the UK will need to apply for a visa unless they have been granted Pre-settled or Settled status.

Covid-19 immigration concessions:

 Exceptional assuranceIf your visa is expiring before 30 September 2022 but you are unable to travel, you can request ‘exceptional assurance’ from the Home Office which will allow you to stay in the UK legally until at least 31 October 2022. The criteria for exceptional assurance has become stricter, you will need to prove that it is impossible for you to travel at this time.

 Remote study and your visa: This concession ended on 30 June 2022.