This webpage is dedicated towards releasing regular updates and providing support to Indians stuck in the UK. Explore the website to read recent updates, participate in weekly activities, and to get in touch with us for any help.
With reference to the circular released by the Govt of India, flights to India are temporarily suspended till 3rd May 2020. Additionally, it is now confirmed that the lockdown in India has been extended for another two weeks starting 4th May 2020. The date for resumption of travel to India remains to be confirmed. We are in contact with High Commission of India who have confirmed that they remain in touch with concerned authorities and will update on resumption of flights as soon as they can. Please ensure you have registered with the High Commission of India here.
For those whose visas are expiring before 31st July 2020 but are unable to leave due to travel restrictions or self-isolation related to the impacts of COVID19, the UK Government has confirmed that your visa will be extended to 31st May 2020. You must contact Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) and provide the required information. The requirement is detailed on the UK Government website and can be accessed through this link.
A student on Tier 4 visa is not allowed to be outside the UK for more than 60 days. However, considering these as exceptional circumstances, the Govt of UK has clarified that universities won't stop your sponsorship as long as you do not withdraw from the course. We recommend you to keep your sponsor informed about your whereabouts and continue your course as directed.
At present there is a requirement in the UK to ‘Stay at Home’. Requirements include going outside only for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home), staying 2 metres (6ft) away from other people, and washing your hands as soon as you get home. We urge all Indian citizens in the UK to only follow these requirements. Read more on it here.
Tenants are advised to continue to pay their rents. You can check here to see if you are eligible to apply for any assistance. Landlords are supposed to give at least three months’ notice before starting eviction proceedings. If you have already received a notice from your landlord, your landlord cannot act through court. If you are facing issues, you can reach out to your university and request them for help to avoid evictions and engage with local authorities. For any issues, email us.
Everyone is requested to follow guidance and updates from the NHS, Public Health England, the UK and Indian Governments and the High Commission of India in the UK. Indian students in the UK are also requested to follow the UK Council for International Student Affairs for updates. Please be careful to follow official guidance and news from reliable sources. Please be mindful of the information you forward within your networks.
Any students due to commence studies in or after March 2020 and concerned about the situation due to Coronavirus, please discuss your concerns with your university in the first instance. Universities UK have told us that due to delay or cancellation of board examination, UCAS will assess the present academic system and relay the information to the universities for decision making. Relaxation in English language test is also expected for upcoming intake. One can expect flexibility in terms of start date for October 2020.
Several community organisations and individuals have come forward to support Indian students. Many of these are listed here. The generosity of individuals means new support is constantly being established so contact us if you need any help with food or groceries. For any issues, email us.
To deal with boredom and loneliness, we are proud to release our #HomeAwayFromHome initiative. We invite you all to join us for various events aimed towards learning new things, having fun, and what not!
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Thoughts from our fellow Indians, love and fun for all.
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