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My studies are starting soon, but I cannot travel to the UK in time

My studies are starting soon, but I cannot travel to the UK in time. What should I do?

During the 2020 academic year, the situation is different to usual, because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Just for this year, because of the unusual situation, those applying for Tier 4 or Student immigration permission will have longer to arrive in the UK. For most students you will have until 5 February 2021 to arrive in the UK, and you can check your latest date to arrive in the UK on your CAS.

You will be able to enrol and start your classes online, and then travel to the UK as soon as it is safe and you are able to do so, before the latest date listed on your CAS.

Please do ensure that you enrol and attend all classes and induction activities online before you travel to the UK, so that you receive all the necessary information and tuition, and to get the best out of your studies. You should also make sure that you are following the instructions from your Academic School.

Remember that we have detailed guidance to help you to make a successful Student immigration application and a web page detailing how your immigration might be affected by the current coronavirus situation, which we keep updated as soon as we receive updates from the UK government.

Applying for a replacement entry clearance sticker

If you were issued with a 30 day vignette before the pandemic and were unable to travel within the validity dates, UKVI have confirmed that you can replace it free of charge up until the end of the year. 

UKVI are now issuing 90 day vignettes, to take into account the current situation, to give you more flexibility in arriving in the UK. 

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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