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Last updated: 03/11/2020 15:34

Advice for international students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Police registration

The Police Registration Scheme is currently suspended until further notice. This has been agreed by The National Operations Centre, the Home Office and South Wales Police. This suspension of activity includes the registration of foreign nationals and the registration in person of their change of circumstance. All appointments from this point onwards have been cancelled.

The Home Office have stated that you do not need to register with the police while social distancing measures are in place. If you have extended or otherwise changed your visa, or you have changed your address then you will be able to update your police registration once social distancing measures have been lifted.

Working in the UK

The Home Office have published temporary rules regarding working in the UK on a Tier 4 visa. Tier 4 students who have work rights and are employed by an NHS trust as a doctor, nurse or paramedic will not be restricted to 20 hours work per week during term time and may work without limit on the number of hours permitted.

The existing rules regarding volunteering and voluntary work still apply during this period. However, Tier 4 Students who want to assist the NHS in being an NHS Volunteer Responder are permitted to do so providing they comply with the ‘Stay at Home’ rules and only volunteer if they fulfil the relevant conditions.

Further information can be found through the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

ATAS Certificate

Applications for ATAS certificates must be made online. Read the UK government guidance and find out how to apply.

Applications take 20 working days or longer at peak periods. Please allow sufficient time when applying.

Advice and guidance

The Home Office has issued detailed guidance on the temporary measures in place for international students and Tier 4 sponsors in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To find further information about these measures, you can download the UKVI guidance and visit the UKCISA website.

Erasmus exchange programme

If you have questions about your Erasmus exchange programme please email erasmus@cardiff.ac.uk

International exchange or study abroad programme

To speak to someone about your international exchange or study abroad programme please email studyabroad@cardiff.ac.uk

Contact us

You can find out more information about the International Support team and the advice and support we offer on the student intranet.

International Student Support enquiries