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Report: 2/4/2021 
Countries added to red list to protect UK:

The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh to be added to England’s red list from 9 April 2021.

  • * travel bans implemented for visitors from Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh from 4am Friday 9 April
  • * British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from these countries will be     required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days
  • * move follows new data showing an increased risk of importation of variants of concern

Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s red list to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), at a critical time for the vaccine programme.

With over 30 million vaccinations delivered in the UK so far, the additional restrictions will help to reduce the risk of new variants – such as those first identified in South Africa (SA) and Brazil – entering England. So far, surveillance has found that few cases of the SA variant have been identified as being imported from Europe, with most coming from other parts of the world.

From 4am on Friday 9 April, international visitors who have departed from or transited through Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK (including long-term visa holders), will be allowed to enter and they must stay in a government-approved quarantine facility for 10 days. They will also be required to arrive into a designated port. No direct flight bans from these countries will be put in place, but passengers are advised to check their travel plans before departing for England.

During their stay, passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result. They will also not be able to end their managed quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) produces risk assessments of the spread of variants of concern internationally. These risk assessments cover a range of factors for each country including:

  • assessment of surveillance and sequencing capability
  • available surveillance and genome sequencing data
  • evidence of in-country community transmission of COVID-19 variants
  • evidence of exportation of new variants to the UK or other countries
  • travel connectivity with the UK

The government has made it consistently clear it will take decisive action if necessary to contain the virus and has added these destinations to the red list to protect public health.

The government continues to work with the hospitality sector to ensure it is ready to meet any increased demand.

British nationals currently in the countries on the red list should make use of the commercial options available if they wish to return to England. Commercial routes that will enable British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England continue to operate.

British nationals in these countries should check Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and follow local guidance. The FCDO will continue to offer tailored consular assistance to British nationals in need of support overseas on a 24/7 basis.


𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘁: 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗜𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗲

(This Factsheet was updated on March 4 2021)

Home Office in the media

Fact sheet: Graduate Immigration Route Posted by:Home Office news team, Posted on:14 October 2019 - Categories:Fact sheet Home Office sign Today (4 March 2021), the UK Government has confirmed that the Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. This will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best international students to contribute to society and the economy post-study.

Key Points:

  • *The Graduate route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher  Education Provider with a track record of compliance, and who have valid Tier 4 or Student permission at the time of application.

  • *Successful applicants on this route at bachelor’s or master’s level will be able to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, at any skill    level for two years. Doctoral students will be able to stay for three years.

  • *Graduates will be able to apply to the Skilled Worker route from within the UK, once they have found a suitable job.

  • *Due to COVID-19, we have also put in place concessions for students unable to travel to the UK due to the pandemic, recognising the continued disruption many face in international travel. Applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 have until 21 June 2021 to enter the UK with permission as a Student (updated from the previous date of 6 April 2021) in order to be eligible to apply to the Graduate route. Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.

  • *The launch of the route demonstrates the Government’s support for our education sector, and commitment to the International Education Strategy, which sets out an ambition to increase education exports to £35 billion and the number of international higher education students in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.

  • *Individuals who already have permission as a dependant of a Student who is applying on this route can also apply to extend their permission as a dependant – however new dependants are not permitted on this route.

  • *The route does not count towards settlement – however Graduates will be able to apply to other routes at the end of their 2-3 year stay, for example the Skilled Worker, Global Talent or Innovator routes.

  • *Those who graduate and whose Tier 4 or Student visa leave expires before the route is introduced will not be eligible, however, most of these students will have had no expectation of benefitting from such a route when they applied to study in the UK. They will also be able to apply to a number of other routes, for example Skilled Worker, Start Up, Innovator or Global Talent, among others.

Frequently asked questions:

Will the Graduate route require a new application?

The Graduate route will require a new visa application, which will only be possible from inside the UK. It will include the payment of a visa fee of £700 and the Immigration Health Surcharge at the full rate of £624 per year. Students will also need to know the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) they used for their most recent Student (or Tier 4) application in order to apply for the Graduate route.

Will universities be expected to act as sponsors for those students on the Graduate route after they have graduated?

Individuals applying to the Graduate route will not need a sponsor. Student sponsors will not need to fulfil any sponsorship duties for their students once they switch onto the Graduate route and students will not need a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to apply under this route. However, students sponsors will need to notify the Home Office that a student has successfully completed their course.

Will this route count towards settlement?

The route is non-extendable and does not count towards settlement. However, graduates who find an appropriate job and meet the requirements will be able to apply to work routes, including the Skilled Worker, which is a route to settlement.

Report: 13/11/2020


The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce, starting Sunday, November 15, we will open limited appointments for new applicants for F, J, and M visas.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19, processing times could be as long as six weeks. It is recommended you submit your application well ahead of your proposed travel dates.


Report: 06/11/2020

An Important message to students from the minister of State for Universities