We are pleased that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has announced that online learning is permitted for students with a Tier 4 visa for the 2020/21 academic year so that you can start or continue your studies with Westminster safely from your home country, providing you transition to on-campus learning as soon as circumstances allow.

Your lecturers will be in touch to keep you updated so you have time to make necessary accommodation and travel arrangements.

As a Tier 4 student, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the conditions of your visa, but we understand that in the current situation this can be challenging.

In June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced the following updated guidance:

  • Confirmation that distance/blended learning will be permitted for the 2020/21 academic year, for Tier 4 visa holders, provided students intend to transition to on-campus learning as soon as circumstances allow
  • Confirmation that Tier 4 visa holders studying by distance/blended learning will be eligible to apply for the new Graduate Route to post study employment once they successfully complete their course, provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021 (subject to meeting all other eligibility criteria for the scheme)

We will be issuing Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for new students intending to apply for a Tier 4 visa for a course beginning in September. If you are intending to apply via this route, please familiarise yourself with the requirements for a Tier 4 visa application by reading our guidance.

Please be aware that many Visa Application Centres have been closed during the pandemic. However, they are now starting to re-open, and so we would advise that you keep checking so that you know as soon as the opportunity to apply for a visa becomes available to you. You can check your Visa Application Centre on the UKVI website. If your Visa Application Centre hasn’t re-opened yet, then you need to keep checking this link for further information.

We recognise that some students may choose to remain in their own countries initially, for the time that their course is being delivered online. Current Tier 4 regulations will allow you to do this, but please bear in mind that you will need to make arrangements to travel to the UK once in-person teaching commences on your course. If you are intending to begin the course working online from your home country then please ensure that your Contact Address in your Student Record reflects this.

For all Tier 4 students, it is important to understand that it will remain your responsibility to keep up with your studies and with any activities on which your progression is reliant, including exams and assessments. If ill health, quarantine conditions or other restrictions imposed on you during the pandemic will prevent you from keeping up with your studies, or from travelling to the UK once in-person teaching commences on your course, then you must contact the Tier 4 team at  to explain your circumstances, including estimated dates for your return to study.

Please keep the Tier 4 team (at ) updated on your location, wellbeing and, if now overseas, your potential return date to the UK.

For more information and advice for international students, we recommend also bookmarking and regularly checking the UKCISA website.

You may find it helpful to refer to the Immigration guidance on GOV.UK.