The Home Office has extended its concession for Syrian nationals who apply to extend their immigration permission in the UK. The new provisions expire on 28 February 2017.
The changes have been made in line with recent amendments to the Immigration Rules for various categories of leave. Of relevance to students are:
- the time limits on being in the UK with student immigration permission do not apply to Syrian nationals
- Syrian nationals can apply in the UK, even if the Immigration Rules would not normally permit an application in the UK; for Tier 4 (General) students this means that you can apply in the UK even if you are currently sponsored as a Tier 4 (General) student by a private college, a publicly-funded further education college or by an independent school
- dependants can apply to stay as a main applicant or in line with the main applicant in the family
- short-term students can apply to extend their stay under this route
- the Home Office should adopt a flexible approach to documents if is is made clear in the immigration application that documents or documents in the required format cannot be obtained because of civil unrest in Syria
Read the whole document before applying on the basis of this concession. Applicants are still required to meet most requirements, to be in the UK lawfully (or have overstayed for 28 days or fewer) and to pay the application fee. Those who cannot benefit from the concession and whose current immigration permission is due to expire soon should seek legal advice as a matter of urgency. International student advisers at colleges and universities should be able to help students find help.