UK Visa Regulation Updates

 

In November 2008, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) began implementing a five-tier visa regulation system that affects both education abroad programs within the United Kingdom and any foreign students or participants.

NAFSA created this update page to provide information to international educators from a variety of sources on these changes.

If you have questions or concerns about the new visa regulations, or if you have information that you would like to share with your colleagues through this update page, please submit to NAFSA leaders through IssueNet: EA Visa Help.

April 2019

Application Service Centers
As of April 1, 2019, the Application Support Center (ASC) locations (for biometric data/fingerprinting to be completed) are unable to process any appointments. Students who have missed their appointments due to the outage, are now being accepted at VFS Premium Application Centers based on a rolling calendar system. Please see the full details of this exception on the VFS website.

The CAL subcommittee will be watching the current situation and posting updates as received.

Processing Timeline Reminder
As the busy time of visa applications for summer and fall study abroad is near, NAFSA’s Consular Affairs Liaison UK team offers the following reminders:

  • Students who do not ensure sufficient time for their Tier IV visa application, or for those who simply want a faster service, the VFS Premium Service Centers are an option for visa processing. There are additional costs associated, though the timing may best suit students’ travel arrangements.
  • VFS also offers on-demand services where VFS staff can come to local universities for an additional fee.

September 2018

Differentiation update
New changes have gone into effect bringing more countries into the differentiation arrangement; especially for those countries with students here on F-1, J-1, and green-card holders in the USA (applying for their Tier 4 visa while in the US). To see this new and expanded country list, visit the UKVI, Appendix H: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-h-tier-4-documentary-requirements. Students with USA citizenship and those listed countries will no longer need to provide additional documentation requirements. Thus, original passport, the first page of the visa application form, and the UPS waybill are all that is needed. To note: Students must still supply their ATAS Certificate (if their CAS indicates one is required).

If you have questions or concerns about the new visa regulations, or if you have information that you would like to share with your colleagues through this update page, please submit to NAFSA member-leaders through IssueNet: EA Visa Help.

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