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Student Visa Route​

UK Immigration rules changed on 5 October 2020. We are currently updating our webpages in relation to the new Student Visa Route.  If  you are making a visa application please read here or contact us for further information.

Student Route financial requirements increase and other changes

The Home Office have published some important changes to study routes.  These changes will take place from 1 December 2020.  

The main changes which are likely to be of interest to our students are:

  • The financial requirements for Student route applicants (who are applying on or after 1 December 2020) will increase to £1,023 per month for study outside London

We appreciate your patience during this time.

The Government has introduced a new Student Visa Route which is to form part of the new Points-Based Immigration System. This new Student route is to replace the current Tier 4 route.   Please note that if you are currently in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, there is no need for you to switch to the Student Visa Route unless you need an extension to complete your studies.  Your current Tier 4 conditions will continue as they are.

For EEA nationals, the new Student Visa Route will take effect for applications made in the UK on or after 1 January 2021. EEA nationals outside the UK can apply under this new route from 5 October 2020, for entry to the UK from 1 January 2021.

For all other nationals, this new route is to take effect from 9.00 am on 5 October 2020.

The changes to the Immigration Rules also affect who counts as a dependant of a student, and what they have to show in regards to money available to them.

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We've been made aware of Chinese students, living and studying in Scotland, being targeted in a telephone scam.  Students have been phoned by someone saying they are from the Chinese government or police and asked to transfer money online to a bank account.   Although appearing genuine, this is more than likely a fraud, and you should take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Don't give out any personal information or credit card/ banking details over the telephone. No genuine caller will ever ask you to do this.
  • If you are in any doubt about who is calling, hang up and find the advertised contact details for that agency. Don't redial the telephone number used to call you.
  • Don't click on any attachments or links in an email or text message.

If you think you have been a victim of a telephone or online fraud you should contact your bank immediately and report it to Police Scotland on 101.

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We advise that you be vaccinated for meningitis (MenACWY vaccine)  and  Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and before arrival to the UK wherever possible. 

If you are unable to get the MenACWY before travelling to the UK, this vaccine is available in the UK to new university entrants up to 25 years of age. Register with a doctor when you arrive and request the vaccination, if you have not done so before you arrive. Find out more about student health and wellbeing on myNapier​.

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