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Who are the Visa Team?

King's Gate Building

The designated student immigration advisers at Newcastle University are Sarah Aittis, Tracey Aston, Kay Broadhurst, Hena Mookerji, and Jamie Stogden.

We are based at the Newcastle campus on Level 2, King's Gate. Details of the services we offer and how to contact us can be found on our 'Accessing the Visa Team' page.

Newcastle University London also have designated immigration advisors, they are Katarina Polova and Izabela Puniszkis. They are based on the 4th Floor Welcome desk at 102 Middlesex Street, their contact details can be found on the Newcastle University London webpages.

 

Special Announcements:

EU students in the UK

Problems receiving ATAS Certificates for Chinese students

Important information about documentary evidence for Short Term Study visa applications

Changes to Tier 4 dependant maintenance

Tier 4 Telephone Scam - Updated 23 May 2017

Briefing for overseas application

Important information about our work with the Home Office

EU students in the UK

Following the UK governments decision to trigger article 50, the UK Home Office has confirmed that there will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, while the UK remains in the EU. For further information on this, please refer to the Home Office website. Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for EU students - it is a requirement for EU and EEA students to have comprehensive Sickness insurance (CSI) while in the UK, unless you are also here as a worker or as a self-employed person. For further information on this, please refer to the UKCISA website.

Problems receiving ATAS Certificates

Chinese students should be aware that the ATAS team has started to notice a lot of ‘undeliverable’ messages from a variety of different Chinese email servers since mid-February, specifically: 126.com, 163.com, sina.cn, and qq.com. If you need to submit an ATAS application we would advise students consider using Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail or similar commercial email providers, if possible.

Important information about documentary evidence for Short Term Study visa applications

Please see our updated guidance regarding Short Term Study visa applications here

Changes to Tier 4 dependant maintenance

On 24th November, the Home Office updated the Policy Guidance in respect of maintenance for PBS dependants.

Dependants who wish to make a Tier 4 application to remain in the UK or those who wish to make an application to enter the UK should now be aware of a change to the maintenance requirement effective for all applications made on or after 24th November 2016.

Up to 24th November the maintenance requirement for PBS dependants was calculated on the length of the Tier 4 student's programme. From 24th November the dependants must make sure that they have the required monthly maintenance amount not only for the duration of the Tier 4 student's programme but also the additional visa the student will receive at the end of their programme. The maximum number of months maintenance required is still 9 months.

If you are planning on making an application which includes dependants and are concerned about these changes please speak to the Visa Team

Tier 4 Telephone Scam - Updated 23 May 2017

We have received information that a group claiming to be from the Police may call students to say that the are going to cancel their visas unless bank and contact details are given. They are calling from a number which appears to be from Metro Police. Please don't give out any information by email or by telephone as this is not a genuine contact. If you receive anything that is causing concern then please speak to the Visa Team

We have received a notice from the Home Office of a telephone scam targeted at Tier 4 students. The caller may tell you that you have failed to pay for an immigration service or complete the correct paperwork and ask you to pay a fine to remedy this. It may appear genuine as they may be in posession of your full name, address and passport information and be calling from a number that appears on the gov.uk website. Please note that the Home Office will never phone you to request personal details or make any payments. Please see our information (PDF: 61KB) on what to do if you believe you have received one of these telephone calls.

The Home Office or UKVI will never contact students in this manner and if you receive any communications of have any concerns please speak to the Visa Team.

Briefing for overseas application

The Visa Team will be running a special briefing for students who are in the UK but need to return home to make a new visa application during the summer. Please see our general workshops page for further information.

Important information about our work with the Home Office

The Visa Team will submit appropriate visa applications to the Home Office on behalf of students and follow up such cases with relevant enquiries. The Visa Team can also assist with enquiries about a student's immigration status and assist with corrections where mistakes have been made by the Home Office.

Students approaching the Visa Team for assistance should note that we have no control over visa processing times, or over the length of time it takes the Home Office to correct errors or to respond to enquiries. Where it should prove necessary to submit immigration documents to the Home Office, students should understand that it is not reasonable to make any arrangements which would necessitate use of those documents until they have been returned by the Home Office. The University cannot accept responsibility for any loss incurred by failure to follow this guidance.