Employment and Immigration Law Update - Student visitors

25 June 2019

This article reflects on our previous update on the use of ePassport gates for visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US.

In our last update we explained that visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US are now allowed to use ePassport gates. This is beneficial, but it has come to our attention that problems are arising in cases where the individual wishes to complete some more than 30 days of short term study in the UK. This is because permission for short term study (up to six months) can only be granted by an entry clearance officer and so cannot be obtained through an ePassport gate. Instead students need to queue up and get a ‘STS’ stamp in their passport or apply in advance for entry clearance. In particular this may affect those planning to attend summer schools or English language courses in the UK.

This article is from the June 2019 issue of Employment and Immigration Law Update, our monthly newsletter on employment legislation and regulation. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at June 2019.

For further information please contact Clare Hedges or Janice Leggett in our Immigration Team.