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student visas for EU, EEA and swiss nationals

Are you an EU, EEA or Swiss student? Here’s what you need to know about getting your student visa

If you were in the UK before 31 December 2020

If you want to stay in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will need to apply for permission to stay under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

A list of acceptable documents to prove your residency in the UK can be found here

If you arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and intend to arrive in the UK after 1 January 2021, you will need to apply for a student visa under the UK Government's new Student Route.

You will need to apply before arriving in the UK.

If you began your course in autumn 2020 and have a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) issued on or after 5 October 2020, but haven't yet travelled to the UK, you will need to apply for a student visa under the new Student Route. 

If your CAS has now expired please contact the International Student Advice team.

Visit our Student Visas page for more information about the new Student Route. Further information about the new Student Route can also be found on the UKCISA website.

If you have been granted Settled or Pre-settled status

You do not need to apply for a Student Route visa if you have applied for, and been granted, Settled or Pre-settled status.

Further information about immigration for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found on the UKCISA website.

Important information about the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Providing the correct documents

 99% of refusals for EUSS are due to not providing the correct evidence to prove eligibility.

It is very important to provide evidence of your continuous residence in the UK, to prove your eligibility for either pre-settled or settled status. Remember that this evidence must be proof of your residency in the UK before the 31st December 2020.

A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.

Periods of absence - Pre-Settled Status

If you have been granted pre-settled status, this status will be lost after a continuous absence of more than two years from the UK.

If you intend to apply for Settled Status following your Pre-Settled Status, after 5 years of a continuous qualifying period of residence, you need to be mindful of periods of absence from the UK that could affect your eligibility for Settled Status.

We are unable to advise individuals on continuous qualifying periods of residence or periods of absence from the UK, but additional information can be found here.

Periods of absence - Settled Status

‘Settled status’ under the EU settlement scheme granted to Swiss citizens and their family members will be lost after a continuous absence of more than four years from the UK.

‘Settled status' granted to everyone else under the scheme will be lost after a continuous absence of more than five years from the UK.

If you are coming to the UK for an Exchange or Study Abroad course which is less than 6 months in duration

The permission (visa) that you will need to study on an exchange programme or Study Abroad programme will be as a Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study.

You can choose to apply for Entry Clearance (visa) as a Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study or for permission to enter as a Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study at the port of entry in the UK.

You are also permitted to use the eGates in order to enter the UK in the Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study category for a period of six months or less. You can only use an eGate if you have a biometric passport.

If you wish to travel to the UK using your national identity card and not a passport, you will not be able to use an eGate or request to see a Border Force Officer. You will need to apply for Entry Clearance in order to enter the UK as a Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study.

You will need a supporting letter from the University of Portsmouth to confirm your course details.

You will also need a supporting letter from your current University if you are joining us for an Exchange or Study Abroad programme.

If your course requires ATAS you will also need to provide an ATAS Certificate before the supporting letter from the University of Portsmouth can be issued to you.

We recommend that you have around £1,023 per month in your bank account for each month you will be staying in the UK to cover your living costs for the Standard Visitor visa for the purpose of Study as you will need to show evidence of finances when you are making an Entry Clearance application or you may be asked to show this information to a Border Force officer when you arrive in the UK.

The Standard Visitor for the purpose of Study visa cannot be extended and you are not permitted to work on this visa.

If you are coming to the UK for an exchange or Study Abroad programme which is more than 6 months in duration

Students attending for more than 6 months can only apply for a Student Route visa.

Students who are studying on an Exchange or Study Abroad programme within the UK cannot apply to extend their Student Route permission within the UK. If you wish to study further in the UK you would need to return to your home country to apply for further leave.

Contact us for more information

If you have any queries, please contact the International Student Advice team by emailing student-visa@port.ac.uk.

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