Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors

2 April 2020

You do not need to withdraw sponsorship for new students who have been issued a Tier 4 visa but are distance learning because they have been unable to travel to the UK.

New international students who have not yet applied for a visa but want to start a course by distance learning do not require sponsorship under Tier 4. This is because they do not need to travel to the UK.

You do not need to tell the Home Office when students have moved to distance learning.

These arrangements will apply until 31 May, when they will be reviewed.

If you’re sponsoring employees who are working from home

You do not have to notify us if you’re sponsoring employees who are working from home due to coronavirus.

Other changes to their working arrangements must still be reported as usual.