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Here you will find the information on the latest news that could affect your immigration status as well as events hosted by our International Student Support Team.


If you are experiencing any uncertainty regarding Covid-19 and your immigration status please visit the University of Sunderland’s website for information and support. Please note that whilst the Government have enforced restrictions on social movement in response to Covid-19, all support provided by International Student Support will be provided online.

Latest Updates:

25/03/2020 - The Home Office have extended their support for those who have not been able to return home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Visa nationals currently residing in the UK will be able to extend their leave until 31st May 2020, if their previous leave expired after January 24th and due to self-isolation or travel restrictions, leaving the UK was not possible.

Students should email and provide;

  • Full name (include any middle names)
  • Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
  • Nationality
  • Previous visa reference number
  • Reason you are unable to return to your home country

The Home Office will respond as soon as possible to confirm the request has been approved and your visa has been extended.

If you have any additional questions on this process, the Home Office have created a helpline to support those who may require an extension; 0800 678 1767. 

You can also contact International Student Support via Compass for additional support and guidance. This includes if you have an upcoming visa expiry beyond 31st May 2020, and therefore don’t qualify for the above allowance, but still have questions regarding your immigration status. 

13/03/2020 - International Student Support have received the following message from Northumbria Police regarding Police Registration appointments:

‘We have been advised from senior Management that from Wednesday 18 March visa registration appointment will be suspended for about 6 weeks due to the ongoing Coronavirus (covid19)’

Northumbria Police have stated that they will be emailing individual students who currently have appointments next week. If you are due to register with the police, you will not be able to book an appointment for the next six weeks. International Student Support will update this page once appointments with Northumbria Police are available.

Further information on Coronavirus can be found on our Wellbeing Website 


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