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Immigration updates

General updates

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: Expanded eligibility from 30 November 2022. 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.

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.

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

Covid-19 immigration concessions:

 Exceptional assurance: This concession ended on 30 November 2022. For reference this is the link to the relevant page ‘exceptional assurance’. 

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