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We aim to keep you up to date throughout the application process, and to provide you with information regarding events that may have an effect on the progress of your application. Follow the links to the left to see our current processing times (updated daily), dates when the Graduate Admissions Office is closed, and news.

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Remember that your application will be processed most quickly if you submit it with all the supporting documents via the online application system. Submitting documents using the How do I...? form is acceptable but is less efficient than submitting all of your documents together.


  • From Friday, 7 February we will not offer a telephone service on Tuesdays and Fridays until further notice. This is to allow us to catch up with the processing of applications and documents. You may still use the automated system to check your application status and our web resources will continue to be updated.
  • We are currently experiencing some problems with the online tracker and LSE For You. This is under investigation, and we will rectify things as soon as possible. We will email you with any decision and to acknowledge when documents are received, so please bear with us.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Following concerns about the security of tests administered by ETS, UK Visas & Immigration has suspended the consideration of all applications for temporary and indefinite leave to remain where the customer relies on tests administered by ETS to prove their English language ability. This includes the TOEFL.
  • At this time, individuals already in the UK who are planning to apply for a visa may not use a TOEIC or TOEFL test to provide evidence of English proficiency for their application. Applications submitted from within the UK with a TOEFL or TOEIC score will be set aside at this time.

    For individuals who are both applying for a visa and testing outside the UK, there is no change. The Home Office has confirmed that TOEFL and TOEIC tests taken outside the UK may continue to be used when applying for a visa at an overseas office and the application will be reviewed by immigration officials as before.

  • UK Visas & immigration have set up a helpline to assist people with a pending visa application who are relying on a test certificate or who were about to apply with such a certificate. These people may call +44 (0) 114 207 3463 if they have any further questions relating to this issue. LSE's advice is to take the IELTS if you have not already taken your English test. We will continue to monitor the situation and official guidance issued by UKVI.

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