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COVID-19 news updates

Below you will find a list of the most recent updates from the Home Office or the VISA Team in relation to COVID-19.

Note - This page is updated with news which the VISA Team has deemed to be relevant to international students. Please continue to check the following webpage for the most up to date information from the University regarding Coronavirus: Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 information and advice.  Please also check The NHS Inform website on a regular basis for further updates. 

  • 22 May 2020 - Reminder - The VISA Team are asking all international students or workers on the following visa types to keep the VISA Team updated with any travel plans outside of UK during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is following the recent government announcement that anyone arriving in UK will now likely be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The VISA Team are working closely with all Schools across GCU to help minimise impact to our students during this time. If you are currently here at GCU on a Tier 1, Tier 4, Tier 2, Tier 5, or Short-Term Study visa, please complete this form, before sending the completed form via email to 
  • 15 May 2020 -The Home Office now send out an automated email to some applicants upon submission of a valid visa application from within the UK. This email from the Home Office assures applicants who have submitted a valid visa application prior to their current grant of leave expiring that they do not need to be concerned about their immigration status whilst their visa application is in progress and whilst the Biometric Enrolment Centres remain closed due to COVID-19. This advice only applies to those who receive it via email, and eligible applicants must submit their valid visa extension applications prior to their visa expiry date if they are extending your visa in the UK. Please email if you have any questions. 
  • 14 May 2020 - The Home Office have begun to email some in-country visa applicants who have recently submitted visa applications, to request their visa documents are sent via email instead of being uploaded to UKVCAS. If this applies to you and you have received this email, please contact us on for assistance. 
  • 10th May 2020 -  The government announced on Sunday 10th May that people arriving into the UK from overseas will soon need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The VISA Team understands that some international students have already travelled back home in light of COVID-19, and some are in UK but intend to travel home soon. GCU-sponsored international students who intend on travelling during this time must inform the VISA Team to receive relevant support by completing this form and sending this to - COVID-19 International Student Travel Form
  • 22 April 2020 - News update RE ATAS Clearance: The Home Office have advised it is not currently possible to directly apply to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for a new ATAS certificate due to current circumstances. Read more here.
  • 3rd April 2020 -  The Home Office and UKVI published new guidance in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors on 27th March 2020 (updated on 3rd April 2020). The VISA Team have reviewed this guidance to understand how the changes will impact GCU-sponsored Tier 4 students, Tier 2 employees, and Tier 5 temporary workers. The VISA Team and GCU are working hard to ensure all international students and employees are supported throughout this challenging time. Information on the changes is available on our landing pages for each visa type. 
  • 1st April 2020 - RE BRP deliveries: In order to improve social distancing measures for TNT delivery drivers the Home Office have agreed to implement the following new measures in response to Covid-19 with immediate effect.
    1. Where possible the BRP package will be posted through the front door of the appropriate address, or delivered to the appropriate post room for that business or organisation;
    2. Suspended the requirement of a signature and provision of identification on delivery;
  1. A photograph of the front door or location of delivery will be taken. 

If you are awaiting delivery of your BRP please contact VISA on 

  • 24 March 2020 - The government have released advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus. You can view this guidance here. UKCISA have also produced helpful guidance for international students in UK in relation to COVID-19

Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.


Tier 4 form stating students need a UK address or face refusal Error

We are aware of the ‘warning’ that is appearing when a student states on the online application that no specific accommodation has been arranged. This is a technical error and is being urgently addressed so that the warning can be removed.

There is no requirement for students to have confirmed accommodation and applications will not be refused on the basis of a student having answered No to that question.

Entering the UK using the eGates

UK Border Force is getting ready for the expansion of eGates to nationals from seven additional countries at 15 major airports and Eurostar terminals for mid May 2019.These include Birmingham, East Midlands, London City, Luton, Stansted, Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff and Gatwick airport as well as Eurostar terminals in Brussels-Midi/Zuid and Paris Gare du Nord.

The eGate expansion will mean that eligible nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America can use the automated eGates on arrival into the UK, free of charge. Nationals from these seven countries will also no longer need to complete a landing card on arrival.

However, some people from these seven countries who are visiting the UK for short term study (less than six months), specific reasons or certain types of work (such as Permitted Paid Engagements or with a Tier 5 Creative and Sporting certificate of sponsorship) will need to see an officer on arrival to receive their passport stamp which ensures that they can do the activities they are coming to the UK to do.

Please note you must not use the eGate if you are entering the UK as a student. You must see a Border Force Officer on arrival to stamp and activate your visa.

If you already have a student visa or a student biometric resident permit (BRP card) to allow you to study in the UK you can use the eGates on your return to the UK.

Police Registration office in Glasgow

For students in Glasgow the Nationality Office (who deal with police registration) are located at 2 French Street, Dalmarnock. For GCU London students and further information on what you need to do to register or update your certificate during this time, please see our page on police registration. You can update your certificate at any police station.

In order to register for the first time or update your police registration certificate you must provide evidence of the requirement to register with the police. The Home Office have started to send the approval of leave notification which shows the requirement to register, when contracting Further Leave to Remain in the UK, by email rather than by post.
You are recommended to print out a copy of this email and take it with you to your initial registration appointment or any police station when updating your certificate.

Online applications for Tier 4 in the UK

Please note that you must submit your application through VISA if in the UK. We will assist you with the online form, upload your supporting documents and book your biometric enrolment appointment with the  UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS). For more information on the  process for applications, see our webpage Tier 4 inside the UK, and make an appointment to see an advisor.

Changes in application fees

From 29th March 2019, the cost of most visa applications from both inside and outside the UK have remained unchanged.

Entry Clearance (outside the UK):

Category Fee before 29 March 2019 Fee from 29 March 2019
Tier 4  £348  £348
Tier 4 dependant  £348  £348
Short Term Study  £97  £97
Standard Visitor  £93 £95
Extended Academic Visitor £186 £190
Extended Short Term Study £186 £186

Leave to Remain (inside the UK):

Category Fee before 29 March 2019 Fee from 29 March 2019
Tier 4 £475 £475 + £19.20 Biometric Enrolment fee
Tier 4 Dependant £475 £475 + £19.20 Biometric Enrolment fee

For Priority Applications, an additional fee of £500 and Super Priority Applications £800 from 29 March 2019 per applicant to be added onto the relevant fee above. Priority appointments for Biometric Enrolment at the UKVCAS can be booked at an additional fee of £100 per applicant.

Tuberculosis Testing - New countries

A number of countries have been added to the list of those requiring a TB test. If you are applying to come to the UK for 6 months or more and you are making your application from any of the following countries, you must now submit a TB testing certificate with your Tier 4 application.

For more information on where to get tested for TB, and the overall application process from your country, see the UKVI's country finder.

Parent's bank statements and supporting documents

The UKVI's internal staff guidance for tier 4 has recently given more information on the kind of documents that will be accepted if you are using your parents' bank statements in a tier 4 application. As of the most recent update, only a birth certificate, adoption certificate or court document showing the relationship between the student and parent(s) will be accepted. This does not include affidavits.

If you are intending to use your parents' banks statements as evidence of your maintenance, then please see an VISA adviser who can give you guidance on this.

Updating your contact details online

The UKVI has made a form available, allowing you to submit details of a change in address whilst you have a visa application in progress. You must still come and see VISA, and we will assist you in filling this out, and also advise you on how to change your details on your university record. Please note that if any other circumstances change, you will still need to fill out the paper MCC (Migrant Change of Circumstances) form. These are available from an VISA advisor, and again we will assist you with them.

Email enquiries from outside the UK now charged

The UKVI has introduced a charge from 1st June 2017 for all email enquiries sent from outside the UK, charging £5.48 per enquiry.

If you need to contact the UKVI after you have paid your deposit please contact the VISA Team or for GCU London: as they will contact the UKVI on your behalf, free of charge. We can obtain an answer quickly to your enquiry.