Visas and immigration

​​​Visas and immigration

Find everything you need to know about visas and immigration. We can advise you 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 for more information.


Please find the below information relating to the UK’s exit from the EU, and how this may affect the immigration requirements for EU/EEA nationals. ​

Brexit update - October 2020
EU Settlement Scheme

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​There is a lot of information you’ll need to know before you leave home. For example, how to apply for your visa, how to enrol, how to pay your tuition fees and how to apply as an Erasmus or Associate student.​​

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 documents

Request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Applying for a Tier 4 visa outside the UK
Applying for a Tier 4 visa – frequently asked questions (out of country applicants)
Applying for a Tier 4 visa inside the UK
Applying for a Tier 4 visa – frequently asked questions (inside the country applicants)
Visa and immigration guide for students
English Language Entry Requirements
English Language Policy​

Standard visitor

The university does not generally permit any student to study while on a standard visitor visa. A standard visitor visa will, however, be appropriate for students who have completed their course, and who wish to return to the UK to attend a graduation ceremony.

The category of Standard Visitor will also be appropriate for family members and friends who wish to visit a Tier 4 student while they are in the UK. 

Key documents

Applying for a standard visitor visa to attend graduation
Inviting family members and friends to visit
Letter of Invitation sample

Graduate route

The UK Home Office is​ planning to introduce a new Graduate Route visa to allow for students to live and work in the UK after completing their studies. This route is planned to be introduced from the Summer of 2021 onwards.

Graduate Route Visa

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