Coronavirus (COVID-19)—distance learning and Tier 4 leave guidance updated (06 August 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—distance learning and Tier 4 leave guidance updated (06 August 2020)

The Home Office has updated its guidance for distance learning students ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors' on 5 August 2020. It confirms that Tier 4 sponsors must withdraw sponsorship where a student stops engaging with their distance learning for more than 30 days. It also states that before travelling to the UK, students starting a course by distance learning must be granted valid entry clearance as a Tier 4 (student). At the same time, the separate Home Office 'Covid-19: Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors and migrants and for short-term students' has also been updated to that effect. Examples of other changes in the guidance include confirmation that an expired Certificate of Acceptance for Studies will only be considered valid if issued between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, and the concession permitting students to apply for further leave to remain in-country has been extended until the launch of the Student Route.

A list of changes since the previous version of the guidance is set out on pages 4 and 5.

Sources:

• Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

• Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students

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