Visa flexibility extended for international students

01 July 2021

Following confirmation from the Immigration Minister that Covid-19 visa flexibilities for international students will be extended into the new academic year, Russell Group Head of Policy Stephanie Smith said:

“The pandemic has left many new and returning international students worried about what travel disruption may mean for their ability to access their course. The extension of the changes on remote learning rules for visas introduced last year is welcome, and will ensure universities can continue to provide high quality online education while working with Government to help students travel to the UK safely. Ultimately, this is a sensible move that will help protect student and community health.

“These steps, along with the introduction of the graduate visa and further flexibilities so those whose studies have been affected by the pandemic can still benefit from a world leading higher education experience shows Government recognises the massive contribution international students make in communities right across the UK.

“We will be liaising with the Home Office to ensure this flexible approach continues, and disruption to international travel or social distancing rules do not inadvertently impact on international students’ visa eligibility.”


The Immigration Minister confirmed the extension of visa flexibilities around distance and blended learning in a speech this morning at the UKCISA conference, following today's launch of the graduate visa route.

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