News Updates from the VISA Team RE COVID-19:

Please 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. 


  • 28 April 2020 - News update RE ATAS Clearance: If a student requires an ATAS, they must contact Please email the VISA Team for assistance if this applies to you for further assistance.
  • 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. 
  • 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.