Giving visa advice
Please do not give visa advice to students, contact us.
Biometric enrolment centres in the UK currently have limited appointment availability and biometric enrolment operations may be running slightly differently at this time. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/ukvcas for latest information. If you are in the UK and need to submit a visa application because of changing institution or visa type, or because your current visa is about to expire, please contact Student Visa Advisers for further guidance. UK visa application centres overseas have now re-opened in most countries - please check the website of your nearest visa centre for further details using the links below:
All international students must read the following important information:
Have you completed your Right to Study check?
If your nationality indicates that you are subject to immigration control, you need to complete a Right-to-study check. When you complete online registration you will be told whether you need to do this check.
How to complete your Right-to-Study check
You must provide digital copies of your passport, visa and documents (listed in your document checklist) to your Right-to-Study check documents after you register online:
- As soon as you have completed online registration if you are already in the UK, or;
- When your arrive in the UK if you arrive later.
- Please use this link to complete your Right to Study check.
- Our Student Visa Services team will review the documents and information you provide and they will update your student record to show that your Right-to-Study check is complete.
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Our Student Visa Advisers support students on matters related to their UK immigration status.
Advisers can offer guidance to prospective and current students. Advisers help students ensure they meet UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements and rules.
Read our Statement of service.
How we support our students
We provide information, support and advice on:
- Student visa
- Dependant of a Student visa
- Standard Visitor visa for short-term studies
- Redirect (Short-term study visa) (no longer open to new applications for study at UoB from 1 December 2020)
- Working in the UK during your studies
- Working in the UK after your studies
- Changes to your course and visa implications
- Lost passport or BRP card
- EU Settlement
We are also able to produce a number of letters for students, please refer to this page for more information.
We do not advise on the following:
- Schengen visas - find out more about Schengen visas from the UK Council for Internal Student Affairs (UKCISA)
- UK equivalent scores - read the University of Bristol's advice on equivalent qualifications
- Fee status - read University of Bristol's advice on fee status
- Skilled Worker - find out about Skilled Worker from UKCISA
- Government Authorised Exchange (T5) and Youth Mobility Scheme (T5) visas - find out about working after studies from UKCISA
- Visas for other countries
- UK citizenship, UK settlement or other types of UK residency
- Family visas for family members of UK nationals
- Innovator visa
Coronavirus (Covid 19): visa and travel advice
How we support staff
We support colleagues to ensure that we comply with our Student visa (Previously Tier 4) sponsor licence.
Global Lounge celebrates various significant dates in the global calendar, such as Lunar New Year, Day of the Dead and Thanksgiving. All of these events are open to all students and staff across the University – and the majority of them are free to attend and include free refreshments and entertainment.
To view all upcoming events, please see the Global Lounge website.
Please see the International Students page for general advice and support.
Fraud and scams
We are aware that some international students have been specifically targeted by criminals pretending to be from a legitimate organisation (such as UKVI). They telephone students to demand money and claim that, if they are not paid quickly, there will be damaging consequences.
UKVI will never contact you by telephone to ask for money.