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Visas and immigration

Everything you need to know about visas and immigration as a prospective or current international student at the University of Gloucestershire.

Advice before you travel

Advice is available on Student Route visas, Student Visitor visas, General Visitor visa, registering with the police, working during your studies, working after your studies and reporting changes of circumstances to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).​

If you can’t find the information you need below, contact us directly for help with your query.


The articles below provide the latest information relating to the UK’s exit from the EU, and how this may affect the immigration requirements for EU/EEA nationals.

Student Route

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) operates a points-based immigration system, commonly referred to as ‘PBS’. This system has a number of distinct visa categories, and the route for students is appropriately named the Student Route.

Students studying courses of more than six months (or Pre-sessional courses) should apply for a visa under the Student Route.

Key information

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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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 will open for applications on 1 July 2021.

Key information

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Graduate Route Visa











Code of Practice

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Visa Advice Service’s Code of Practice












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