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Visas and immigration

Everything you need to know about visas as a prospective or current international student at University of Gloucestershire, topics include Student visa applications, Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) and digital immigration status, working in the UK, and the Graduate route visa.

International welcome centres

If you are an international student subject to immigration control, the university may be required to check your immigration documents prior to permitting your enrolment – these checks will be conducted at one of our International Welcome Centres.

Find more information about our International Welcome Centres, including dates and locations for these events and the support available.

Student Route visa

If you are coming to the UK to study for more than six months (or a pre-sessional programme), and do not have any other type of UK immigration permission, you will need a Student visa. This page provides advice and guidance on how to apply for a Student visa from both inside and outside of the UK.

Key information

Application guide

Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to completing the online Student route application.

Standard Visitor

For periods of study or research lasting up to six months, it is now possible to study on a Standard Visitor visa.

The category of Standard Visitor will also be appropriate for students returning to the UK to attend graduation and for family members and friends who wish to visit a student while they are in the UK.

Key information

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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to study















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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to study – FAQs















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Applying for a Standard Visitor visa to attend graduation















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Inviting family members and friends to visit














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Example letter of invitation






















Graduate route

The UK Government has introduced a new Graduate route, to allow for students to live and work in the UK after completing their studies. This route opened for applications on 1 July 2021.

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Graduate route visa






















Code of Practice

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Visa Advice Service’s Code of Practice























You can get in touch with the Immigration team using the options below​.​


+44 (0) 1242 714844

Lines open Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm


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