International News

International News

This section provides you with information on changes to immigration rules and procedures and how these changes may affect you.

25 July 2017

Warning of a phishing scam

There is a phishing scam in progress against potential international students. This involves a seemingly legitimate website for a so-called Newcastle International Universaity ( which then seeks to gain applicants' passport details and credit card numbers.

Please do not submit any of your details (personal, credit card) to this website as this is not an official university website.

3 April 2017

Information for EU students following the referendum and triggering of Article 50

Following the UK's referendum vote to leave the European Union, the triggering of article 50 means that official negotiations regarding the exit have now begun. At this time, EEA nationals' immigration status remains unchanged until further negotiations/decisions clarify their position. Please feel free to read further on this topic on the UK Council for International Student Affairs section titled: What we know for EU students.

26 October 2016

Information on telephone scams

We have been made aware of a scam in which students are called from a number identified as 'Home Office - Customer Services' asking for money to be paid for paperwork not correctly submitted upon entering the UK. It is our understanding that the callers can be very persistent and may even imply that, if you were to end the call, you may be penalised further.

Please note, the Home Office will never ask you for personal information over the phone nor demand any money.

20 May 2016

Beware of telephone scams

We have been made aware of telephone scams that target international students. Please see briefing below:

The caller (who is pretending to be from the Home Office) instructs the student to verify that they are calling from the genuine Home Office telephone number (020 7035 4848) by checking on the website, searching for Home Office, and then scrolling down to the bottom of the screen where the Home Office number is given. The caller ID on the student’s mobile does indeed show this number. 

The caller is in possession of the student's full name, postcode in the UK and passport number, and asks the student to confirm those details are correct. 

They then proceed to tell the student they have not paid for an immigration service and, as a result, have to pay a fine (usually £1200 – £1520) or they will be reported to the Police/or the Home Office who will detain or deport them.   

Please note, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will not contact students in this manner.

'Right to Rent' checks

Private landlords are now required to check whether prospective tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting. Non EU-nationals will need to show a valid visa before a rental contract can be issued.

The Home Office has published guidance for landlords so that you know what is expected of you.

Immigration health surcharge

The immigration health surcharge applies to applicants who come to the UK for more than six months. For Tier 4 applicants specifically, the amount is £150 per 12 months' leave. Previously, Australians and New Zealanders were exempt from this charge, but as of 6 April 2016 they also need to pay this charge as part of their Tier 4 visa application.

The Home Office has further information on the immigration health surcharge.

You can find more immigration news on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) newswall.

Contact us

International student advisers

International student advisers are available to help you with a range of issues including visas and immigration.

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7133 4186
Appointments: +44 (0)20 7133 4186

Drop-in advice

Holloway (Hub)
Monday 9.30am to 12pm
Friday 9.30am to 12pm


Holloway (LCM -04, Learning Centre)

To make an appointment, please email