Visa related information

Important information about your Visa application

International student support

UWS's team of International Student Advisers (ISAs) are authorised by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide Level 1 immigration advice to our international students.

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Introduction of different types of visas

If you are planning to study at UWS including nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, then you may need to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK.

The type of visa you require depends on the course of study that you have chosen:

International students undertaking a full-time course that is longer than 6 months generally need a Student visa

International students undertaking a period of study between 6 - 11 months can enter as a Short-term student which applies to English Language courses only (from 1 December 2020) International students studying up to 6 months can apply for a Visitor visa (from 1 December 2020).

For latest updates on the Short term student visa route please visit this page of the UKCISA website.

Application Timescales

As part of the covid concessions, students overseas can begin their course by distance learning, as long as they transition to face-to-face study once in the UK, which must be no later than 6 April 2022. Students studying by distance learning do not need to apply for their visa until they plan to start study in the UK

When students are planning their visa applications and biometric appointments, we recommend allowing plenty of time before the intended travel date. Those applying outside the UK can apply up to six months before their course start date.

Applications should allow up to five working days for an appointment date to provide biometrics, although we are aware that there is high demand for appointments in some areas where local covid restrictions have limited appointment availability and we are working closely with our delivery partners to provide more appointment options. Students should allow a further fifteen working days for a decision on an application if applying for the standard service, however in some instances where a case is complex we may need longer to process that application.  Students will also need to consider any local covid restrictions which may impact on their application or travel plans.

Travel dates

Applicants should ensure that their preferred travel dates are in line with the validity dates of the visa they may be granted. Applicants and sponsors should note the validity of a study visa will be granted as below.

Where there is less than 1 month to the course start date, the visa will be granted from 7 days before the intended date of travel.  ‘Course length’ will include time spent distance learning on that course under the covid concessions, where the original course start date is made clear on the CAS. We do not recommend travel is booked until a visa has been granted       

Correct fees and IHC (immigration health charge previously IHS)

Please ensure that the correct visa category is selected and appropriate fee is paid including the Immigration Health Charge.   You can check the IHC liability here -   https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/checker/type

Confirmation of acceptance for studies

It is important all the information on a CAS is accurate at the time of application, including highlighting when applicable when study had commenced by distance learning.

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS)

International students undertaking certain courses of study may also need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in addition to their Student visa in order to study in the UK.

The UK Government website provides comprehensive information about when an ATAS certificate is required along with application guidelines:

ATAS Information

Financial evidence

Availability of funds should be carefully checked and evidenced in line with our guidance. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-evidence-for-student-and-child-student-route-applicants|h|overview-of-financial-requirement

In particular to note -  

1. Applicants with financial sponsorship will either need to have this confirmed on the CAS or will have to submit a supporting letter to confirm this.

 2. Applicants using parental funds must provide a parental consent letter confirming the availability of the funds for this purpose and that the funds are solely controlled by their parent(s), and provide proof of relationship.

3. The total money required will need to be demonstrated as being held for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa. 

Contact details and addresses

It is imperative that addresses and BRP collection points are correctly noted.  E mail addresses must also be checked for accuracy.  Errors in these areas can cause significant delays to processing times. 

Tuberculosis (TB) Certificate

A TB certificate will be required by an applicant who has spent six months or more prior to their application in any of these countries.  https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk

PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

BRP Card collection:

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a document in the shape of a credit card issued by the Home Office and provides evidence of your immigration permission (also known as permission to enter or remain). If you arrive in the UK with a 30 or 90 day vignette (sticker) in your passport, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card from the designated Post Office listed on your letter within 10 days of arrival. If you are not able to collect your BRP within 10 days (for example, you are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK), your BRP will be kept at the Post Office for you to collect as soon as permits.

 

Police Registration:

The condition to register with the police is given to people of certain nationalities who come to the UK for more than 6 months as outlined in Appendix 2 of the Immigration Rules If you are need to register with the police, the condition will be printed on your 30-day vignette, or if you have been granted leave to remain following an application made in the UK, it will be on your BRP.

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is a document in the shape of a credit card issued by the Home Office and provides evidence of your immigration permission (also known as permission to enter or remain). If you arrive in the UK with a 30 or 90 day vignette (sticker) in your passport, you will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card from the designated Post Office listed on your letter within 10 days of arrival. If you are not able to collect your BRP within 10 days (for example, you are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK), your BRP will be kept at the Post Office for you to collect as soon as permits.

 

Please click the link below to find out more about BRP & police registration.

BRP& Police registration

Contact Details

Ms. Jun Chen
Jun.Chen@uws.ac.uk
Ms. Yuxiao Zhou
Yuxiao.Zhou@uws.ac.uk
Mr. Caiyong Zhuang
Caiyong.Zhuang@uws.ac.uk

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