Come 2021, EU students to pay more for UK visa

This could sound unpleasant for EU students joining UK universities and its courses. The Home Office has made a new decision that EU students who have commenced their UK courses online won’t qualify for pre-settled status in the UK after completing the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020. The inability of these students to travel to the UK due to COVID-19 pandemic won’t be considered.

This will throw a financial burden on these students who will now have to pay up to £348 as UK visa application fees. Additionally, £470 will have to be paid as health surcharge for UK immigration.

So, this puts the EU students in a tight spot where they will have to arrive in the UK before December 31, 2020.Otherwise, they will have to bear the extra costs imposed with the new ruling by Britain.

Also, the EU students who can’t make it into the UK to study in UK before December 31, 2020, will lose out on the Freedom of Movement. The students who enrol into the courses in UK universities before December 31, 2020, will do so under the freedom of movement laws.

This means, EU students and workers won’t be able to enter the UK without permits and visas for which they will have to apply and incur additional expenses in 2021.

It’s also now a concern whether EU students who have come to Britain before December 31, 2020, would be able to establish their right to a pre-settled status in the UK. The Home Office has however assured that any EU national who have arrived in the UK even on December 31, 2020, will be eligible to apply for a pre-settled status.

Come 2021, EU students to pay more for UK visa

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