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The immigration rules for students from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EAA), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein changed on the 30 June 2021. Students from these areas must now have a visa, or be registered with the EU Settlement Scheme, in order to study in the UK.
On this page you will find a list of the documents you need if you are going to study in the UK, and answers to a few frequently asked questions about the EU Settlement Scheme. If you need further support, contact our Student Immigration Advisory Service.
Below are examples of the immigration documents that you will need to provide if you are coming to the UK to study as an EU/EEA citizen:
From the 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can only travel to the UK using a valid passport, unless they have:
If you are using the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check' app to confirm your identity when applying to study in the UK, you will not receive a vignette (sticker) in your passport, if your application is successful.
You may need a Standard Visitor visa and a visa support letter if you are coming to the UK to study for up to six months. Check if this applies to you.
When you have accepted your offer to study at Kingston University, your faculty student office should provide you with a visa support letter outlining your study period in the UK. You should carry the visa support letter with you when you enter the UK.
The letter is provided by your faculty student office if you:
You may need a Student Route visa if you are coming to the UK to study for more than six months and:
To support your Student Route visa application, you should request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) on OSIS when you have accepted an unconditional offer to study at Kingston University.
We advise you to follow our Guide when preparing your supporting documents and completing the student visa application form, including how to apply for a student visa overseas.
Visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for more information on applying.
You can get a 'share code' to show that you are permitted to study in the UK, if you have been granted pre-settled or settled status.
The EU Settlement Scheme was set up to give citizens from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein the option to apply to remain in the UK after the 30 June 2021.
If you have been granted pre-settled or settled status, you do not need a visa to study in the UK.
Probably not. The deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021. Only in very exceptional circumstances are people still able to apply.
Visit the GOV.UK website to find out who has a later deadline to apply the EU Settlement Scheme.
If you have been granted pre-settled or settled status and you are asked to prove your immigration status you can view and prove your immigration status using the Government's website.
Use the website to:
You will need:
Start the process now on the Government's website
You can also use this service if you applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check' app to scan your identity document on your phone
You cannot use this service if you have a vignette in your passport or a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to prove your immigration status.
If you made your EU Settlement Scheme application by the 30 June 2021 deadline your existing rights will be protected, pending the outcome of your application.
Applicants are issued with a Certificate of Application, which can be relied on to evidence their rights.
Your Certificate of Application will be available in your view and prove account or you will be sent it by post. The Home Office will contact you if they need further information to progress your application.