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Applying for a Student visa inside the UK

Last updated: 22 October 2021

STEP 1: Request a CAS

If you are applying for a new course of study at the university, you will have been instructed to request a CAS as part of the admission process.

If you are continuing on a course you have already started, please see further details about requesting a CAS.

Please note: Your CAS, once generated, will be retained by the university’s Immigration Compliance Team, ready for use at your one-to-one appointment.

STEP 2: Prepare your supporting documents

The supporting documents required will vary according to your precise circumstances. For further information, including a list of documents ordinarily required, please see the relevant section of our FAQs using the link below.

STEP 3: Attend one-to-one appointment with the Immigration Compliance Team

Once your CAS request and all related documents (passport scan, visas scans, financial document scan) have been received, a member of the university’s Immigration Compliance Team will contact you to schedule a one-to-one appointment for submission of your visa application. At this appointment, a member of the team will:

STEP 4: Attend your biometric appointment at a UKVCAS service point

After submitting your on-line application, you will need to attend a UKVCAS service point to register your biometric information (fingerprints and iris scan). There are a small number of service points that offer free biometric appointments and a much larger number that offer chargeable appointments. The nearest service point to the university offering free appointments is in Birmingham, while the nearest service point offering chargeable appointments is in Gloucester (prices start from £60).

STEP 5: Receive decision from UKVI

If your application is successful, you will be notified by email and your BRP sent to the university’s Immigration Compliance Team.

Unsuccessful applications are rare, but in the event your application is refused, you will receive an email explaining the reasons for refusal and outlining any right of appeal.

Need more help?

If you have further questions about applying for a Student visa inside the UK, you may find they are covered in the relevant FAQs. View them using the link below.

For anything else, please email

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