Fully online application for passport evidence and reusing biometrics.
No maintenance/English Language requirement.
Greater flexibility: employment/self-employment except as a professional sportsperson or coach.
Visa duration may be longer than the contract of employment being offered by the department/faculty/college. Allows the individual to remain in the UK and seek employment beyond their employment with the University.
A Graduate route cannot be extended, but permitted to switch into most other work routes or back to a student visa.
No ATAS requirement.
Cannot add new dependents (except baby born in the UK during student visa) this may be tricky when the student was not eligible to have a dependent with them in the first place, partner has remained overseas working, or in the UK on a different immigration status.
Does not count towards 5 year residence for Indefinite Leave to Remain, it will count towards a 10 year long residency application.
Applications can only be made within the UK.
Individuals who have been studying outside of the UK for an extended period may affect their eligibility. University student team to offer support as some exceptions due to Covid.
Not permitted to undertake study that could be sponsored under the student route.
Immigration Health Surcharge must be paid for the full 3 or 2 year duration.