Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration advice for current and prospective students

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UKVI and External Guidance

Last updated 8 August 2022

The current UKVI guidance was updated on the 8 July 2022:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents

The sponsor specific guidance, which was last updated on the 2 March 2022 includes information on the Graduate Route. The concession for distance learning has not been extended beyond the 30 June 2022 and as such students must now aim to attend in person after this date.The guidance can be found at:

Covid-19: Guidance for Student sponsors, migrants and Short-term students

You can also find detailed guidance on the UKCISA web pages:



Where can I find the latest information on travel restrictions and testing requirements?

Updated 11 July 2022

For up to date advice on travel restrictions and testing requirements, please refer to the School's COVID-19 FAQs for students:

LSE: Coronavirus FAQS for students


My visa expires before 30 September 2022 and I obtained exceptional assurance. I don't have any other immigration options to switch into.  Are there any concessions in place allowing me to stay longer?

Updated 11 July 2022

The following information is taken from the UKVI guidance:

If you’re in the UK

You are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK. You are allowed to access Visa and Immigration services as these are considered an essential public service. You must follow current COVID-19 rules for where you live, in EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to leave the UK to return to a country or territory but have not been able to do so and you have a visa, leave or ‘exceptional assurance’ that expires before 30 September 2022 you may request additional time to stay, known as ‘exceptional assurance’.

Exceptional cases could include where you may be unable to return to a country or territory you are resident in, as that nation has closed their borders or where quarantine facilities are temporarily over-subscribed.

Please submit your request for an ‘exceptional assurance’ by emailing with the following details:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • nationality
  • Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
  • type of visa
  • expiry date of visa
  • reason for request
  • evidence showing reason you can’t leave

The subject header of your email should read “Request for an assurance”.

In your email you should attach evidence to show why you cannot leave the UK. For example, evidence of your inability to book quarantine accommodation in your country of residence.

During the time in which your request for ‘exceptional assurance’ is pending you will continue on the conditions as per your current or most recently expired visa.

If you are granted ‘exceptional assurance’ it will act as a short-term protection against any adverse action or consequences after your leave has expired. If conditions allowed you to work, study or rent accommodation you may continue to do so during the period of your ‘exceptional assurance’. ‘Exceptional assurance’ does not grant you leave. It is a means to protect those who are unable to leave the UK due to COVID-19 restrictions and not to facilitate travel, other than to return home.

If you’ve already been given assurance but your circumstances have changed or you’re unable to leave the UK by the assurance date previously given, you must reapply using the process above. You will need to clearly state that you’re making a subsequent application. You’ll be asked to provide new supporting evidence.

If you intend to stay in the UK

In order to remain in the UK, you will need to apply for the relevant permission to stay. Where eligible, you’ll be able to submit a permission to stay application form from within the UK.

You can make an application for permission to stay in the UK if you hold permission in a route that would normally allow you to do so.

You’ll need to meet the requirements of the route you’re applying for and pay the UK application fee. You will not be able to apply for a route for which there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for making an in-country application, such as Youth Mobility Scheme, or Adult Dependant Relative.

The terms of your current permission will remain the same until your application is decided. If you are switching into work or study routes you may be able to commence work or study whilst your application is under consideration, depending on the terms of your current permission.

You are also able to apply for permission to stay to remain in the UK if you have been issued with an ‘exceptional assurance’. You must submit your application before the expiry of your ‘exceptional assurance’.


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