UK Government extends COVID-19 visa concession to April 2022

01 July 2021

The UK Government has confirmed that COVID-19 concessions on visa rules around a requirement to be in the UK to study will be extended to 6th April 2022 for the next intake.

Kevin Foster, the UK’s Minister for Immigration, stressed that the government would encourage students to consider 6 April as a “deadline, not a target for arrival”. The announcement comes on the day the new Graduate Visa Route, where international graduates who have been awarded their degree from a UK university can stay on and look for work for at least two years, is officially launched (1st July).

The update also confirms that new international students will be able to begin studying remotely if health and visa protocols require them to do so, but can still be eligible for work rights upon graduating.

Russell Group head of policy, Stephanie Smith, added, “This is a sensible move that will help protect student and community health. It’s the best call the government could have made given the circumstance".

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