Non-Tier 4 Immigration Options

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Not all courses at LSE are eligible for a Tier 4 visa or you may not need to apply for a Tier 4 visa for your full time degree programme.

Non-Tier 4 study and immigration routes at LSE.

Do I need a visa?

If you are not an EU/EEA national and do not already hold immigration permission which permits you to study in the UK, you must apply for the correct visa to be able to register for your programme:

  • Full-time degree programme students - you should apply for a Tier 4 visa unless you are eligible for one of the routes listed below.
  • Short-term study or exectuive programmes - please read the relevant section for your type of programme to understand what options are available to you.

Information for EU/EEA nationals can also be found on this web page.

I already have a non-student visa for the UK. 

Standard Visitor (up to six months)

If you come to the UK with permission as a visitor, you cannot:

  • apply to switch to a student category in the UK;
  • study a full-time degree course, executive or part-time Masters programme or take a re-sit examination;
  • undertake more than 30 days incidental study per visit - incidental means that study cannot be your main reason for visiting the UK

UKVI have produced a guide to the visitor visa routes which explains permitted study.

Standard Visitor ( 2, 5 or 10 years)

If you come to the UK with permission as a visitor, you cannot:

  • apply to switch to a student category in the UK;
  • study a full-time degree course (including the Executive Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy);
  • re-take your dissertation using this visa.

You are now permitted to use a long-term visitor visa to study for a maximum of 30 days, even if study is the main purpose for being in the UK. However, the main intention of your visa must be for permitted activities and if it is felt by the UKVI  that you have applied for a long-term visa solely for study purposes, it may be cancelled.

UKVI have produced a guide to the visitor visa routes which explains permitted study.

Tier 1 Routes

You can study while in the UK under any of the Tier 1 categories. However, if your visa does not cover the full length of your programme, you will need to ensure that you can either extend your visa or  apply for an alternative immigration route to be able to complete your programme.

If you need to apply for Tier 4, it is not possible to switch  in the UK from most Tier 1 categories. Seek advice from us before applying for your visa.

Tier 2 Routes

You can study in the UK under Tier 2 (General) as long as you continue to work for your employer. It is advisable to check that your employer is happy for you to study while working for them. You will be required to provide evidence of this if you intend to register for a programme on this visa e.g. a letter of consent.

If you stop working for your employer in order to study, you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa, even if you have time left on your Tier 2 visa. Contact us for advice on when and where you may be able to apply.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility

The main intention of the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa is to work in the UK.  However, it is possible to study on this visa.

Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange)

You can study in the UK under Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) as long as you continue to work for your employer. It is advisable to check that your employer is happy for you to study while working for them. You will be required to provide evidence of this if you intend to register for a programme on this visa e.g. a letter of consent.

If you stop working for your employer in order to study, you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa, even if you have time left on your Tier 5 visa. Contact us for advice on when and where you may be able to apply.

Points Based System (PBS) Dependant Visa

If you are in the UK as a dependant of someone with a points based visa e.g. Tier 4, you can study.

If your visa expires and you cannot extend your stay as a dependant, you will need to apply as a Tier 4 student. You cannot do this inside the UK, you need to return to your home country and apply from there. 

You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that your dependant is in the UK.

Diplomat

If you are currently posted to the UK as a diplomat, you are exempt from immigration control, therefore you can study in the UK.

If you are working as a diplomat outside the UK, you can enter the UK using your diplomatic passport but this does not permit you to study in the UK.  You will be classified as a Standard Visitor (see above).

You will need to obtain immigration permission to study.  The kind of permission you will need depends on the programme that you are studying at LSE.  

If your spouse or your parent is currently in the UK as a diplomat and you are in the UK as their dependant, you are also exempt from immigration control and can study in the UK as long as your family member remains in the UK during your studies.  

ATAS Clearance

From the 6 April 2015, all  international students who require a visa and plan to study a programme that requires ATAS clearance, must obtain an ATAS certificate regardless of which visa they have.  At the LSE, very few students require ATAS and this is at Postgraduate Research level.  You will be informed if your course requires ATAS clearance as part of your offer.

Dual Nationals

If you hold dual nationality for a country, which does not require a visa to study in the UK e.g. an EU country, please inform the relevant admissions team.  If you do not need a visa to study in the UK, we may not issue you with a CAS number to apply for Tier 4.

If you hold dual-nationality and plan to study on an EU passport, please read the advice on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance on the EU/EEA section of this web page.  You are not automatically entitled to access the NHS, so must obtain health insurance from your country before travelling.  

Applying for the Short-term Student visa

Who can use a Short-term Student visa to study at LSE?

New students:

  • Summer School - for more information check the Summer Schools section on this page.
  • Executive Education Courses - for more information check the Summer Schools section on this page.
  • Methods programme (except as a condition of a degree offer) -  for more information check the Summer Schools section on this page.
  • Language Centre students - for more information check the Language Centre section on this page.
  • Executive/part-time Master programme - for more information check the Executive/part-time programmes section on this page.
  • Visiting research students who plan to attend LSE for less than six months as part of their overseas degree
  • Erasmus exchange students

Current students:

  • Students returning for re-take/deferred assessments
  • Executive/part-time students returning for teaching
  • PhD students who are completing their studies overseas and are returning for their viva 

What are the facts for Short-term Students?

  • You should plan to leave the UK when your course ends or the visa expires, whichever is soonest. 
  • You cannot extend your Short-term Student visa in the UK
  • You cannot switch into another visa category in the UK e.g. Tier 4 or Tier 2
  • You cannot undertake any work or business in the UK
  • You can study full time or part time and the course does not need to lead to a qualification 
  • You are not entitled to free treatment from the National Health Service 
  • You cannot use the Short-term Student visa to study a full time programme by applying for successive visas. The Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy as it is a full time programme. You cannot use the Short-term Student or visitor routes to study this programme.
  • The 11 month Short-term Student route can only be used for English Language programmes. 

Do I need to apply for a visa?

Depending on your nationality, you will either need to obtain your visa before travelling or you can request entry as a Short-term Student at the border. You can check if you need to apply for your visa before travelling on the gov.uk website.

FAQ: I've checked the website and it tells me I won't need a visa to come to the UK. Why have you contacted me to say I need a Short-term Student visa?

When you check if you need a visa, you may see a message stating that you do not need to apply for a visa.  This always causes confusion because it  means you do not need to apply for a visa before travelling, but you must still get the correct immigration permission at the border. It doesn't mean that you can simply enter as a tourist at the border.  In this case, you should request to enter the UK as a Short-term Student.  

The stamp you obtain at the border is known as "Leave to Enter" and is your immigration permission to be in the UK.  You must have the correct permission for the correct purpose.

If you have previously had issues with your immigration history e.g. refusals, you may wish to consider applying for your visa before travelling to the UK.  Students have previously faced difficulty requesting entry at the border if they have a complex immigration history. 

Applying before travelling to the UK

It currently costs £89 to apply for a  six month Short-term Student visa at the embassy. You will be granted with a multi-entry sticker in your passport which will be valid for 6 months.  This means you can leave and re-enter the UK using the same Short-term Student visa, but you must be able to show you have studies to complete.

If you are coming to the UK for up to 11 months for an English for Academic Purposes language programme  you must apply for entry clearance. An 11 month visa application will cost £170.

How do I select the Short-term Student Visa application form?

You will need to choose the following options:

Reason for visit: Study

Visa Type: Study (non Points-Based System)

Visa Sub-type: Study-Short-term student 6 months

You can only select the 11 month visa if your are studying the full EAP Foundation Programme.

UK Visas and Immigration 

Guide to completing the form

Guide to the application form for Short-term Students - May 2017 (PDF)

 

Requesting entry as a Short-term student at the border

If you are from a country that does not need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK, you can request entry as a Short-term Student when you arrive at the UK border. 

Carry all your supporting documents in your hand luggage to show the Border Force Officer.  They may ask you about your plans and about your programme of study at LSE. It is important that you state that you would like to enter the UK as a Short-term Student.  Check your immigration stamps shows this before you leave the border.  If it is the incorrect stamp, you may be unable to  join your programme.

Your stamp in your passport will be valid for a single entry.  If you travel outside the UK or Common Travel Area during your studies, you will need to request entry as a Short-term student again if you have studies left to complete.

If you enter the UK by travelling from the Republic of Ireland, you will not go through UK border controls. We will need to see evidence of your Irish visa, your travel details and any evidence that you travelled from Ireland e.g. a boarding pass.  

What documents do I need?

To apply to be as a Short-term Student you need a letter to show that you  going to study at an accredited institution. This includes institutions who hold a Tier 4 sponsor license. Your letter from LSE will confirm that LSE holds a license.

  • If you are a new student and you have accepted an unconditional offer on your course you will receive an offer certificate or letter from LSE. A conditional offer letter does not confirm you will be studying at LSE. 
  • If you are a Summer School student, you will need to request a letter from the Summer School when you have paid your tuition fees (and accommodation if you are staying in LSE residences). You can check how to obtain this at:  Summer School Visa FAQs
  • If you are an Executive Education Course student (not Executive Masters) you will need to contact the Executive Education Course team.
  • If you are a returning for re-take examinations you can request a Short-term Student letter from the Registry for students
  • If you are an Executive/part-time Masters student returning for teaching, your department will be able to provide you with a letter.
  • If you are a research student registered overseas, you can request a letter from the Research Degrees Unit

Additonal information on the documents you need to provide can be found on the gov.uk web pages.

How much money do I need to show?

The immigration rules for Short-term Students do not state exactly how much money you need to show.  The guidance states that you should  be able to show evidence of funds to cover your period of stay in the UK and your journey to and from the UK. 

More information

UK Visas and Immigration 

UKCISA 

Applying for a visa for the Summer Schools and Executive Education Courses

This information is applicable for the Summer School, Executive Education Courses and Methods Programme.

What visa do I need to attend the Summer School?

We recommend that if you do not already hold immigration permission, which permits study in the UK,  you should apply for the Short-term Student visa to attend the Summer School and Executive Education Courses.  

If you plan well in advance, you should be able to get the correct visa on time.  If you arrive in the UK on a six-month Standard Visitor visa, expecting to do more than one session of the Summer School this exceeds 30 days and you qould have to re-enter with the sole purpose of attending the next session.  Your study is no longer incidental and you may not be permitted to study.  Don't take the risk, get the right visa!

What are the facts for Short-term Students?

  • You should plan to leave the UK when your course ends or the visa expires, whichever is soonest. 
  • You cannot extend your Short-term Student visa in the UK
  • You cannot switch into another visa category in the UK e.g. Tier 4 or Tier 2
  • You cannot undertake any work or business in the UK
  • You can study full time or part time and the course does not need to lead to a qualification 
  • You are not entitled to free treatment from the National Health Service 
  • You cannot use the Short-term Student visa to study a full time programme by applying for successive visas. The Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy as it is a full time programme. You cannot use the Short-term Student or visitor routes to study this programme.
  • The 11 month Short-term Student route can only be used for English Language programmes. 

FAQ: Can I study the Summer School on a Standard Visitor (C-VISIT) visa?

A maximum of 30 days study per trip is permitted on a Standard Visitor visa for short-courses or recreational courses but the study must be incidental to the main reason you are travelling to the UK.  If you are only in the UK to attend the Summer School/Executive Education Courses/Methods Programme, study is the main reason you are in the UK and the tourism is incidental.

In some cases you may have arranged to study with us after arranging a visit to the UK. In this case, the study is incidental becaue the trip was arranged before you arranged the study.

The only concession to this is if you have a long-term visitor visa (2,5,10 years). The UKVI now permit you to study for a maximum of 30 days even if study is the main purpose for being in the UK.  Therefore, even if you were to leave and re-enter the UK to take more than one summer school, you would be permitted to do this on a long-term visitor visa even though your reason for return is to study

Do I need to apply for a visa?

Depending on your nationality, you will either need to obtain your visa before travelling or you can request entry as a Short-term Student at the border. You can check if you need to apply for your visa before travelling on the gov.uk website.

  • If you need to apply for a visa before travelling, you are known as a Visa National.
  • If you do not need to apply for a visa before travelling you are known as a Non-Visa National.

FAQ: I've checked the website and it tells me I won't need a visa to come to the UK. Why have you contacted me to say I need a Short-term Student visa?

When you check if you need a visa, you may see the following message:

Non_visa_national

This means you do not need to apply for a visa before travelling, but you must still get the correct immigration permission at the border.  In this case, you should request to enter the UK as a Short-term Student.  

The stamp you obtain at the border is known as "Leave to Enter" and is your immigration permission to be in the UK.  You must have the correct permission for the correct purpose.

If you have previously had issues with your immigration history e.g. refusals, you may wish to consider applying for your visa before travelling to the UK.  Students have previously faced difficulty requesting entry at the border if they have a complex immigration history. 

Applying before travelling to the UK: Visa Nationals

It currently costs £89 to apply for a  six month Short-term Student visa at the embassy. You will be granted with a multi-entry sticker in your passport which will be valid for 6 months.  This means you can leave and re-enter the UK using the same Short-term Student visa, but you must be able to show you have studies to complete.

If you are coming to the UK for up to 11 months for an English for Academic Purposes language programme  you must apply for entry clearance. An 11 month visa application will cost £170.

How do I select the Short-term Student Visa application form?

You will need to choose the following options:

Reason for visit: Study

Visa Type: Study (non Points-Based System)

Visa Sub-type: Study-Short-term student 6 months

You can only select the 11 month visa if your are studying the full EAP Foundation Programme.

UK Visas and Immigration 

Guide to completing the Short-term Student Application Form (PDF) - May 2017

FAQ: What's the best way to prepare for an application?

The best way to prepare to submit an application, is to read our guidance and then ask questions if you are unsure.  

Some people may rely on agents for immigration advice, but our experience shows their advice may not always be accurate.  If you are unsure, get in touch using our online query form.

Requesting entry as a Short-term student at the border: Non-Visa Nationals

If you are from a country that does not need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK, you can request entry as a Short-term Student when you arrive at the UK border. 

Read our guidance to understand about entering the UK as a Short-term Student when you are a Non-Visa National.  If you are unsure, get in touch using our online query form.

Carry all your supporting documents in your hand luggage to show the Border Force Officer.  They may ask you about your plans and about your programme of study at LSE. It is important that you state that you would like to enter the UK as a Short-term Student.   Check your immigration stamps shows this before you leave the border.  If it is the incorrect stamp, you may be unable to  join your programme.

Your stamp in your passport will be valid for a single entry.  If you travel outside the UK or Common Travel Area during your studies, you will need to request entry as a Short-term student again if you have studies left to complete.

If you enter the UK by travelling from the Republic of Ireland, you will not go through UK border controls. We will need to see evidence of your Irish visa, your travel details and any evidence that you travelled from Ireland e.g. a boarding pass.  

Case studies

Case One: A person attending the Summer School/Executive Education Course/Methods Summer Programme only and has no current immigration permission for the UK.

If you are  intending to study at the Summer School/Executive Education Course /Methods Summer Programme only, you will need to apply for a Short-term Student visa. 

  • If you are an Executive Education Course student and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, contact the Executive Education Course team for a letter.
  • If you are a Summer School student and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, you can request a letter from the Summer School: Short-term Student letter request
  • If you are a Methods Summer Programme students and need to apply for a Short-term Student visa, contact the Methods Programme team for a letter.
  • Check the Home Office guidance on supporting documents and prepare your application.
  • If you are a visa national (you must apply for a visa before travelling), submit your application to UK Visas and Immigration.
  • If you are a non-visa national, you can request permission to enter the UK as a Short-term Student at the border when you arrive in the UK.

Case Two: LSE Summer School/Methods Summer Programme before further studies in the UK?

If you are coming to LSE to study at the Summer School before attending full-time studies in the UK, your options depend on when and where you will be completing your full time studies.

Summer School/Methods Summer Programme as a condition of your offer for an LSE programme.

Your ability to be sponsored under Tier 4 for the Summer School/Methods Summer Programme will depend on:

  • Which session of the Summer School you are attending;
  • When your Tier 4 visa for the Summer School would expire;
  • When your main degree programme is due to begin.

This can be quite complex, so you should contact the International Student Visa Advice Team for advice on your options.

Attending Summer School/Methods Summer Programme if you have an unconditional offer for your LSE programme.

If you have an unconditional offer for your  main LSE degree programme, we may be able to issue you with a CAS which covers all of your programmes. Contact Graduate Admissions to request a joint CAS.

If you are issued with a joint CAS, you must register for and attend the Summer School.Non-attendance may affect your ability to join your main degree programme.

Summer School/Executive Education Coursel/Methods Summer Programme before starting a degree at another institution.

We are unable to provide a CAS number for Summer School students who do not intend to complete their full time studies at the LSE. If you already have a Tier 4 visa which will cover the period of study at the LSE, read the information on supplementary study.

Case Three: Supplementary study on a Tier 4 visa for another institution. 

The UKVI permits supplementary study at any point of your valid Tier 4 visa so long as:

  • it does not affect your main degree programme;
  • it does not delay your departure from the UK (you cannot extend your Tier 4 for supplementary study).

If you have a Tier 4 visa for another institution,  you will be able to attend on the basis of it being supplementary study.  We may require evidence that you are still studying/have finished your programme to be able to register you on a Tier 4 visa for another institution. 

Applying for a visa for Executive Masters and part-time degree programmes

Who should Executive Masters students contact for immigration advice?

The International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) are the only team who are trained to provide immigration advice to our students.  If you have any questions about visas to attend teaching, please contact us directly using our online query form.

Short Term Student

LSE advises that if you require a visa to attend teaching, you apply for a Short -term Student visa. Choose the "Short-term Student visa" section on this web page for more advice.

If you are going to come to the UK several times over the period of your programme, you can apply to enter the UK as a Short-term Student. This allows you to stay in the UK for up to six months and is also permitted for 'distance learning' programmes.

The Short-term Student route is advisable for the following programmes:

  • TRIUM Global Executive MBA
  • MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management (modular)
  • Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences 
  • Executive Global Masters in Management
  • Executive LLM
  • Executive MPA
  • Executive MSc Behavioural Science
  • Executive MSc in the Political Economy of Europe
  • Executive MSc in Cities

Information on applying for the Short-term Student visa can be found on the Short-term Student section of this page.

FAQ: I'm a student on the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. Can I use a Short-term Student visa for this programme?

No.The Short-term Student visa is not suitable for this programme because  it is a full time programme, which is eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship.  If you do not already hold immigration permission for the UK which permits you to study, you may be eligible for a Tier 4 visa.  Contact us for more information on your options.

Work visas

If you have immigration permission to work in the UK, this means that you also have permission to study. This includes:

  • Tier 1 routes
  • Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT)
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility

As long as you are able to fulfil the requirements of your work and will continue to have immigration permission until the end of your programme, you will be able to study at LSE. 

Diplomatic status

If you are posted to the UK on diplomatic business, you can study on any of the programmes at LSE as long as your term in the UK lasts until the end of the LSE programme.

If you are based outside the UK, you will need to obtain immigration permission to study in the UK. This usually means applying to enter the UK as a Short-term Student for the periods of study in London.

Information on applying for the Short-term Student visa can be found on the Short-term Student section of this page.

Studying on a Standard Visitor Visa

Note: This information does not apply to the Executive MSC in International Strategy and Dipplomacy, which is classified as a full time degree.

Case One: Standard Visitor visa (six months)

UKVI guidance means that you will not be unable to register/re-register for your programme using a Standard Visitor visa which is valid for six months.  If you do not already hold immigration permission for the UK and do not require a long-term Standard Visitor visa, you should apply for a Short-term Student visa.

Case Two: Standard Visitor visa (2,5,10 years)

If you already hold a long-term Standard Visitor visa, a UKVI concession now allows you to enter the UK for a maximum of 30 days study using this visa, even if your main reason for being in the UK is to study.  This means that you will be able to register/re-register for your programme on a long-term Standard Visitor visa.

However, the main intention of your visa must remain to be the permitted activities (business, tourism etc.).  If the UKVI believe that you have only obtained this visa for the purposes of study, you risk it being cancelled.

Re-registering with the LSE

If you require immigration permission to study at the LSE, you will be required to show that you have a visa which allows study when returning for teaching.  If you do not obtain immigration permission which allows you to study your programme, you will not be able to attend teaching.

Non-Tier 4 Options for the Language Centre

Students on English Pre-sessional programmes to meet the conditions of their LSE offer

If you are coming to LSE to attend the pre-sessional programmes to meet the conditions of your LSE offer information can be found on the following web page:

How to Apply for a Tier 4 visa for LSE

Information on the Short-term Student visa can be found in the Short-term Student visa section of this web page.  If you are only studying an English language programme, you may wish to look at the extended 11 month option of the Short-term Student visa.

LSE EAP programme before study at another institution

If you are going to study in the UK after attending an LSE Language Centre course, you need to plan your visa very carefully because the rules about studying at different institutions are very complex. 

Study in the UK for less than 6 months

If you plan to study in the UK for less than six months in total, you can apply to come to the LSE Language Centre and remain in the UK for six months.  The Short-term Student visa is not tied to one institution so you can study at LSE and then study at a different institution. For example, you may study at the LSE Language Centre and then study for one term on a Study Abroad programme at a different institution.

Study in the UK for more than 6 months

If you plan to study at the LSE Language Centre before attending a full time course elsewhere, you can come to LSE as a Short-term Student but you will then need to return to your own country to apply to return to the UK under Tier 4 to study on your full time course. 

The rules about switching between institutions if you hold a Tier 4 visa are extremely complex and problematic.  You must inform your new institution that you are attending an EAP programme at LSE if you have attended on a Tier 4 visa.  

Modern Foreign Language Programmes

If you are attending one of the Language Centre's Modern Foreign Language (MFL)programmes and require a visa to be in the UK, you will need immigration permission which permits you to study.

If you do not already hold immigration permission which permits you to study in the UK, you can apply for a Short-term student visa to attend your programme. More information is available on the Short-term Student section of this page.

If you hold a Tier 4 visa for another institution, you may be able to attend a MFL programme on the basis of supplementary study.  You will be required to provide a letter at registration which confirms you are still registered for your main degree programme.

Courtauld Institute of Art students

The LSE Language Centre provides bespoke MFL courses to first-year undergraduate students from the Courtauld Institute of Art as part of their BA History of Art degree. You will continue to be sponsored by the Courtauld Institute at this time.

If you are a studying another programme at the Courtauld Institue, you will be able to attend an MFL programme on the basis of supplementary study. 

Immigration documents to register at the Language Centre

Tier 4 Visa for LSE

  • You will need to show your passport and valid visa/BRP. 
  • You will be unable to register solely on the basis of your passport and decision letter from UKVI.  If you are required to collect a Biometric Residence Permit from the Post Office, you must do this before registering for your programme. 

Tier 4 visa for another institution (supplementary study)

  • You will need to show us your passport and valid Tier 4 visa.
  • You will need to provide a letter from the institution you are registered at to confirm you are still registered or have completed your programme.

Non-student visas

You can register to study at LSE if you have a valid visa in the following immigration categories:

  • Tier 1 visa routes
  • Tier 2 (General) - you must provide evidence that you have permission from your employer to study full time during working hours
  • Dependant (of any category) - you must provide evidence that the main visa holder is in the UK and you live with them
  • Tier 5 categories
  • EEA Family Permit/ Residence Permit - you must provide evidence that that the EEA national is accessing their right to free movement and will be living in the UK
  • Short-term student

You will need to show us the sticker in your passport or the BRP card showing your immigration permission.

 

EU/EEA Immigration

If you hold EU/EEA or Swiss nationality you do not require a visa to study a programme at LSE.  

Current status and the advice we are able to provide.

As yet, the status of students accessing their right of free movement has yet to change. Whilst the International Student Visa Advice Team are able to signpost you to credible sources of information, we are unable to assist with submitting an application for permanent residence.

The latest update from UKCISA following the Prime Minister's speech is available here:

UK proposals for EU citizens after UK leave EU

If you have any questions on where to go for external advice, please contact us through our online query form.

Health Insurance whilst in the UK

It is a requirement that that EEA students and their family members have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (if they are not also in the UK as a worker or as a self-employed person).  Up-to-date information on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance can be found on the UKCISA web pages.  

If you only intend to access your right of free movement on a temporary basis, you can obtain an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home country before travelling to the UK.  This will enable you to access free medical treatment whilst in the UK. EHIC covers the requirement for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance if you only intend to access your right of free movement on a temporary basis. EHICs have an expiry date so you must ensure that you have a valid card throughout your studies.  You cannot apply for your EHIC in the UK.

IMPORTANT: If you are unsure whether you will remain in the UK on a temporary basis or whether your plans may change, you should consider obtaining Comprehensive Sickness Insurance throughout your stay rather than relying on EHIC.  EHIC may not be accepted as evidence of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for residency purposes.

If you are a dual national but are not ordinarily resident in the EU country of your dual nationality, you are unlikely to be eligible for an EHIC.  In this case, you will need to obtain Comprehensive Sickness Insurance  to cover any healthcare if you plan to enter the UK using your EU/EEA nationality rather than Tier 4.

If you intend to access your right of free movement on a long-term basis, you will need to source alternative forms of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance as an EHIC card will not be suitable.

We are unable to recommend medical insurance, but you must obtain this before travelling to the UK. You can find government information on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance on the following web pages:

UKVI

Dependants of EU/EEA or Swiss nationals

ISVAT specialises in the UK student immigration rules, so we are unable to assist with applications for dependants of EU/EEA or Swiss nationals.

General information can be found on the following web pages:

UKCISA

GOV.UK

You can sign up for email alerts from the UKVI on the following web page:

Status of EU nationals

 

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