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Student Route Visa - Covid19 Concessions

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Published on 12 January 2021

International Student on a mobile phone
International Student on a mobile phone

The UKVI have published their updated Student Route Visa Covid-19 concessions guidance here announcing if a visa national has leave in the UK that was due to expire between 01 December 2020 and 28 February 2021 but have not been able to leave the UK, they may request additional time to stay, known as ‘exceptional assurance’.

If your visa expires between these dates and you are unable to leave the UK due to the current travel restrictions please submit your request for an exceptional assurance by emailing cihassuranceteam@homeoffice.gov.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Home Office, GWF or any other reference number
  • Type of visa
  • Expiry date of visa
  • Reason for request
  • Evidence of flight or evidence showing reason you can’t leave

The subject header of your email should read “Request for an assurance”.

In your email you should attach evidence to show why you cannot leave the UK. For example, if you can’t leave the UK because you can’t find a flight before your leave/visa expires, you’ll need to submit a copy of a confirmed flight ticket. If you can’t leave the UK because you have coronavirus, you’ll need to submit confirmation of your positive coronavirus test result.

If you have any concerns regarding your immigration status, please contact International Student Support via Compass.
If you have a smartphone, simply download the 'Compass UoS' App from the App Store or Google Play. You can also Submit an Enquiry online.

You can also visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website here for student-friendly information.