Information on this page is aimed at current University students and their dependants.

If you are not yet a student at Dundee, visit the International Applicants website, and if you are preparing to join us as a member of staff, visit the Human Resources website.

The International Student Adviser/Manager is Susan Scott and international Advice Assistant is Matthew Pawlowic. They provide specialist visa advice and information to current students. 

If you have an immigration enquiry, please complete our online enquiry form.

For Guidance on extending your student visa see factsheets.

International Arrivals and Public Health Measures

Due to COVID-19, the Scottish Government have produced guidance for those arriving at Scottish Airports. Further updates may be expected, but the current rules indicate:

  • Public transport may be used by international arrivals to reach their 14 day quarantine destination.
  • All students travelling to the UK are advised to read the Scottish Government information before travelling to the UK and complete the passenger locator form prior to flying.
  • A face covering is required for both public transport and when shopping.
  • Food shopping is permitted during self-isolation when a delivery service is not available.

UKVI announce re-opening of some Visa Application Centres inside and outside the UK

Please see updated factsheets with weblinks from UKVI as at 9 June 2020

UKCISA Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for international students

The #WeAreTogether campaign involves students, academics and all staff from UK universities, students unions and pathway providers. It will highlight the full range of activity the education sector is engaged in to combat Covid-19, and bring all those involved in UK international education together in a positive online community, to share messages of solidarity, support and gratitude. The campaign is particularly aimed at providing reassurance and support for international students.

See full details on UKCISA website

If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020

Your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must request an extension by updating your records with the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) if your visa is expiring and you cannot leave the UK at present but are not planning to stay in the UK in the long term.

If you have already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020 your visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.

You will be expected to return to your home country as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

The full guidance is on the GOV.UK website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) EU Settlement Scheme Applications

The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well and more than 3 million have already been granted status with more than a year left to go until the deadline for applications.

While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. In addition, in line with the latest Public Health England advice some of our support services and application routes have temporarily changed. Please find an outline of these changes below. This situation is being kept under constant review and we will continue to keep you updated.

Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC)

The SRC will no longer be answering telephone calls. It will, however,continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required. Emails from support organisations will be prioritised where possible.

ID document scanner locations

The ID document scanner locations are following all the latest Public Health England advice to protect staff and the decision has been made, to suspend them at this time.

Postal route for submitting Identity evidence

The postal route for submitting identity evidence is currently suspended. We are unable to accept any documents by post at this time, but all documents already sent to us will be returned as quickly as possible. Applications can still be made online using the "EU Exit ID Document check app".


57 grant funded voluntary and community sector organisations
Some services have been suspended but organisations are seeking to provide support in other ways, in line with social distancing guidance, for example via telephone and online. Please check with the individual organisations for further details.


Further information
There are still 15 months before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, and there is plenty of support available online to support those looking to apply.

Additional support is available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the phone.

GOV.UK have also translated communications materials into 26 languages and alternative formats can also be requested.
The support services outlined above will be kept under regular review. GOV.UK, and all their delivery partners involved in supporting applicants will endeavour to reinstate these support services to their original status when it is safe to do so.

For the latest information on the scheme please visit GOV.UK.

Policy Statement on the UK’s new Immigration system (from 1st January 2021)

The Home Office published its policy statement on the UK's new immigration system, due to come into force on 1 January 2021. Apparently, key routes may open from Autumn 2020, though this probably refers to work rather than study routes.

Information about the proposed student route is contained in one paragraph (paragraph 20) and states that:

"Students will be covered by the points-based system. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK".


"The only change that directly affects students is related to the application process (paragraphs 27-32). European Economic Area and Swiss nationals and their family members, who do not qualify to enter or stay in the UK under the EU settlement scheme, will be required to apply for entry clearance (a visa) in order to study. However, the application process for EU nationals will be different in that they will not have to give fingerprints be able to upload their photograph online be issued with an e-visa, rather than with a biometric residence card or sticker in their passport continue to be able to enter via e-gates."

Find out more information on the UKCISA website

New Immigration system: What you need to know

The UK is introducing a points-based immigration system from 2021.

See Gov.UK Guidance for more information.

Travelling to the UK  (eGates and withdrawal of landing cards)

The UK Government has recently expanded the use of eGates to eligible nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America.

However, If you are a national of one of these countries coming into the UK for short term study (less than 6 months) you must see an Officer on arrival rather than use the eGates to get your passport stamped on arrival.

If you don’t get your passport stamped you will not be able to enrol on your course and will only be allowed to remain in the UK for 30 days.

All other non-EEA nationals will be required to pass through immigration checks and have their passport stamped. There will no longer be a requirement to complete a landing card on arrival at the Airport.

Further details and updates are available on the Government website.

BREXIT Information for students

As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, we understand this is an uncertain time for our current EEA and Swiss students and their families currently in the UK.  We would like to reassure you, as you are currently in the UK enrolled on a course, you will not be subject to immigration control during the transition period (30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020).

If you plan to continue to study after December 2020 or wish to remain in the UK to live and work, you would be required to apply for settlement during the transition period. This is a straightforward application on line and free of charge.

Further information can be found on the following websites:

or drop in to the Global Room any Tuesday or Thursday between 12 – 1 pm to chat with an Adviser.

Immigration Health surcharge increase

Those applying to extend their Tier 4 visa from 8 January 2019 will be subject to the new  Immigration health surcharge (IHS) increased from £150 to £300 per year of study. The IHS fees are automatically calculated as part of the Tier4 on-line visa application.

Introduction of the new UKVCAS (UK Visa and Citizens Application Centres) and closure of the Postal (Batch) Service

As of November 2018, the UKVI introduced a new system for visa extension applications made in the UK. All applicants are required to attend an appointment at a visa centre (currently there are two visa centres in Scotland, one in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen).

From March 2019 the opportunity to post documents through the (batch) postal service is no longer available. However, students can be reassured that International Advice Service staff will be on hand to offer advice and guidance in relation to your visa extension application and liaise with the UKVI account managers on your behalf where relevant.

All CAS requests will be managed by the International Advice Service and will offer appointments to each student on receiving a CAS. Students will be required to upload their documents with their on-line application and book an appointment with a UKVCAS Visa Centre where biometric enrolment will be taken in preparation for new Biometric Resident Permit (BRP).

The UKVCAS centres are operated by Sopra Steria, a private company who do not play any part in making a decision on visa applications. The UKVCAS has no influence or information on your application once submitted and does not grant your visa. They cannot pass on any information to the Home Office so they will nor not respond to any status enquiries.

For detailed guidance on the visa extension procedure please see factsheets 1, 2 & 3 on the International Advice Service website

Return of Post-Study Work

The UK Government has announced the return of post-study work visas.

The new immigration route will allow eligible students at higher education providers, studying any subject, to work for two years after completing their course. From information published so far, we understand that there will be no cap on the number of students who will be able to apply under this route. See further information on the UKCISA website:

Chinese students: UK visa scam

Some universities have warned that Chinese students have been targeted by fraudsters and lost large sums of money.

The scammers operate by calling students, demanding large sums of money and threatening that their visas may be taken away, or that they’ll face imprisonment if they don’t pay. It is a very sophisticated scam so it is easy to believe it is genuine. If you are in any doubt please make sure you contact your institution.

Please do not give any payments or personal information from unsolicited calls. UKVI or other bodies will never demand payment over the telephone.

Further UKCISA advice about identifying a scam can be found on their Frauds and Scams page.

If you think you may have been targeted by this scam, please contact internationalsupport@dundee.ac.uk or report to Action Fraud.

EU Settlement Scheme Applications: Important Message About COVID-19
The EU Settlement Scheme continues to perform well and more than 3 million have already been granted status with more than a year left to go until the deadline for applications.
While applications continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. In addition, in line with the latest Public Health England advice some of our support services and application routes have temporarily changed. Please find an outline of these changes below. This situation is being kept under constant review and we will continue to keep you updated.
Settlement Resolution Centre (SRC)
The SRC will no longer be answering telephone calls. It will, however, continue to respond to email enquiries and provide a call back function when required. Emails from support organisations will be prioritised where possible.
ID document scanner locations
The ID document scanner locations are following all the latest Public Health England advice to protect staff and the decision has been made, to suspend them at this time.
Postal route for submitting Identity evidence
The postal route for submitting identity evidence is currently suspended. We are unable to accept any documents by post at this time, but all documents already sent to us will be returned as quickly as possible. Applications can still be made online using the “EU Exit ID Document check app”.
57 grant funded voluntary and community sector organisations
Some services have been suspended but organisations are seeking to provide support in other ways, in line with social distancing guidance, for example via telephone and online. Please check with the individual organisations for further details.
Further information
There are still 15 months before the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, and there is plenty of support available online to support those looking to apply.
Additional support is available to those EU citizens in the UK who do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to apply online through Assisted Digital, which can offer assistance over the phone.
We have also translated communications materials into 26 languages and alternative formats can also be requested.
The support services outlined above will be kept under regular review. We, the Home Office, and all our delivery partners involved in supporting applicants will endeavour to reinstate these support services to their original status when it is safe to do so.
Thank you again for your continued interest in the EU Settlement Scheme programme, for the latest information on the scheme please visit GOV.UK.

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