Visas and Immigration
IMPORTANT NEWS: On 5 October 2020, a new 'Student Immigration Route' was introduced in the UK. This has replaced the Tier 4 (General) visa category and will apply to EU/EEA Nationals wishing to enter the UK from 1 January 2021.
If you are an international student then it is likely that you will need a visa to study at Brunel University London. If you are not sure then you can use the 'Do I need a visa?' service on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for more help.
For all undergraduate, postgraduate, research and most English Language courses at Brunel you should typically apply for a Student visa, which covers the whole duration of your course.
Information for EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals
From 1 January 2021, citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will need to apply for immigration permission to enter or remain in the UK. If you are a EU/EEA/Swiss national entering the UK from 1 January 2021 to study, you will need to make a Student visa application to study at Brunel. However, if you have entered the UK (or intend to) before 1 January 2021, you can apply for permission to remain in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. In this case you would not have to make a Student visa application.
Please visit the appropriate sections below for further details about how to apply for a Student visa, and other important visa and immigration related information.
We hope that you should find the answers to any questions on these pages. Please also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page. However, if you are not able to find the information that you need, please contact us.
Information for international students joining Brunel in January 2021
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, your course at Brunel may initially be delivered using a ‘Dual Delivery’ method. This means that we will teach online and face to face on campus simultaneously, and you will have a choice of either depending on the circumstances. For example, if you are not able to travel you can begin online and join us in person on campus when you can. If you are issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), this is on the expectation that you will make a Student visa application and come to study with us in the UK as soon as it is possible to do so. But you will be able to register for your course in January online and arrive in the UK at a later date. You will need to make your Student visa application between November 2020 and April 2021.
If you require a CAS and wish to start your course in January 2021, please ensure that you have met the conditions of your offer before 4 January 2021 (and no later than 22 January 2021).
In response to the Covid-19 situation, the UK Government has changed some of the rules for students who need to make a visa application and for Universities like Brunel who sponsor Student visas.
We have published information on our website to provide information to our current and prospective students about how these changes may affect them.
Useful guidance can also be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs - UKCISA website.
Graduate Immigration Route (Post Study Work Visa)
In September 2019, the UK Government announced plans to introduce a new Graduate Immigration Route. This will be a post study work visa that international students will be able to apply for when they complete their studies in the UK. At the moment, full details of the new visa have not yet been confirmed. From what we know so far, these are the key details of the Graduate route:
- The new visa will be introduced around June 2021;
- International students who complete their course in or after the summer of 2021 will be eligible to apply. The student must also have entered the UK by 6 April 2021;
- It will be open to students who complete a course at undergraduate, postgraduate or research level, who have a valid Tier 4/Student visa at the point of application (which must have been issued for the completed course);
- Unfortunately, the Graduate route will not be open to students who will complete their studies before the summer of 2021;
- The visa will be two years long and will allow a graduate to work, or look for work, in any sector and at any level in the UK. The visa will be three years long for research graduates i.e. PhD;
- The visa will not be extendable and will not lead to settlement in the UK. However, it will be possible to switch into a skilled work route if the standard requirements are met.
We will update our communication when details of the new visa route are fully confirmed.