The new Student route

International students can now apply to the new Student route under the new points based immigration system. This includes EU, EEA and Swiss students, who from 1 January 2021 will be subject to immigration rules.

The new Student route

All prospective international students, including EU, EEA and Swiss nationals coming to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 who:

  • are not eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and
  • want to study a course of more than 6 months 2021 will need to apply to the Student route.
Further guidance for EU/EEA and Swiss students can be found here.

Who should not apply to the new Student route

EU, EEA and Swiss students and their family members who are resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and should not apply under the points based immigration system.

EU citizens must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 to be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme and should apply by 30 June 2021. Eligible students should still apply to the EU Settlement Scheme even if they do not intend to stay in the UK long term. It is free to apply and applications can be made online on GOV.UK and even from outside the UK.

EU, EEA and Swiss students can continue to visit the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a visa and may participate in short term study. This includes Study Abroad students who intend to be in the UK for less than 6 months. You may want to apply for a Standard Visitor visa in advance of travelling if you have a criminal record or you've previously been refused entry in to the UK.

 

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