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Immigration and Visas

UWTSD provides a comprehensive and expert support service for every step of your UK study visa application

If you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, it is likely that you will require a visa to enter the UK to study.

The type of visa for which you need to apply will depend on your individual circumstances, including the length and level of your proposed course of study.

How to check if you need a visa

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Website will tell you if you need a visa to study in the UK with UWTSD.

It will also advise you for which type of visa you should apply.

I need a visa to study at UWTSD, what should I do now?

Make sure that you have completed an application form and submitted it to the University.

There is more information available to help you with this in the How to Apply section.

Once your application is accepted, you will then be given detailed guidance and support for your visa application.

I am working with a Recruitment Agent, can they submit my visa application for me?

No. UWTSD works only with Recruitment Agents that it has assessed and approved.

These agents have been trained by the University and are therefore aware that you and they must work through the University's visa application team.

You should ensure that your agent is included in the University's approved agents list.

I already have a visa for entry to the UK, how do I amend this to study at UWTSD?

There are several different types of visa that permit you to enter the UK.

These are issued according to the purpose of your last visit, for example, for tourism, study, or work.

In almost all cases, to be able to study at UWTSD, you will be required to make a new Study Visa application from your home country.

However, if you require a Student Route visa for your studies (the most common visa type for students), you may be able to change (switch) to this visa if you’re in the UK under any of the following visas or schemes:

  • Tier 1 (Post-study work)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer)
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
  • Tier 4 (Child)
  • student (under the rules in place before 31 March 2009)
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • student nurse
  • students writing up a thesis
  • student union sabbatical officer
  • work permit holder
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
How much do I have to pay for a UK study visa application?

You will need to pay a visa application fee and the prices for these are given on the UKVI's website for each type of visa. 

You will also need to pay a 'Health Surcharge' fee and the price of this will vary according to the duration of your requested visa. 

The University's immigration team will advise you on the exact costs that you must pay for your specific circumstances and will guide you through the payment process. There is no additional charge to you for the advice service provided by the University.

I'm a citizen of one of the countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Do I now need to apply for a study visa as result of the UK's decision to leave the European Union ("Brexit")?

Brexit is the term used to describe the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union. The impact of Brexit for you will depend on when you'll be arriving in the UK (including if you are already in the UK).  

The UK left the European Union (EU) at 11pm (GMT) on 31 January 2020 but left on the basis of an agreement made between the UK and the EU known as the Withdrawal Agreement

We realise you may have questions about how BREXIT could affect your status/studies in the UK, so check out the useful links below for all the latest information;

If you're visiting home over the holidays and are concerned about how BREXIT might affect your travel back to the UK or want to know if you're still eligible for loans and grants, the website of the UK Council for International Student Affairs answers some frequently asked questions.

Applicants or current students can visit the website of Universities UK for more information on tuition fees and details for those of you who wish to apply for settled status or pre-settled status.

If you have any other concerns please get in touch on hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk

Last update 4th March 2020. 

If you are planning to study in the UK through an exchange programme arrangement, please visit the Study Abroad and Exchange section for more information.

I will be studying in the UK under a Study Abroad or Erasmus+ exchange scheme, do I need a visa to study at UWTSD?

If you are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not need to apply for a UK visa to participate in the Erasmus+ or other Study Abroad programme. All other students must apply for a UK visa.
Fo those students who need a visa, the type required will be defined by your passport or travel document, the details of your exchange programme arrangement, and your period of study.

If you are from a country that is stated by UKVI to be eligible for 'Student Route differentiation arrangements', you must still apply for a visa but you will normally be required to provide fewer evidential documents with your application. However please note that UKVI may request these or other documents from you during their assessment and will refuse any application where the specified documents are not provided within the period specified in that request

More information on these exchange programmes is given in the Study Abroad and Exchange section.

I have been told that I can apply for my visa on arrival in the UK, is this correct?

This is possible in only very limited circumstances.

If you are eligible to apply for a 'Short-Term Study Visa' and you are a ‘non-visa national’ (for example, a national of Australia, USA, Canada, Japan, etc.), you can choose whether to apply for your visa in advance of travelling or to wait until you arrive at the port of entry to the UK and make your request to enter as a short-term student there.

Guidance on those nationalities that are considered to be 'non-visa nationals' within this visa category is given on the UKVI's website.

However, if you have not travelled from your home country previously (and/or if you are travelling to the UK via the Republic of Ireland), you may feel more secure in making your visa application before you leave. 

If you choose to apply on arrival at the port of entry, it is very important that you ask to be admitted as a short-term student (rather than as a visitor). You will need to make a special effort to talk to the Border Force Officer to explain this (particularly if you have travelled to the UK via the Republic of Ireland) and also must ensure that you have all necessary, original documentation with you.

Make sure that they look at your short-term student visa letter (provided by the University and which confirms your unconditional offer for study), and check that the stamp you get in your passport indicates you are here as a short-term student.

Where can I get further advice on visa issues?

We recommend you start by reading the information and guidance contained in these pages and also look at the website: UK Visa and Immigration.

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need further personal advice, you can email the University team at international.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk

Immigration advice and services are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and we as an institution must abide by the Commissioner's Code of Standards.

The advisory team that provides support to you on behalf of the University hold OISC accreditation and in this context, they can only work with UWTSD applicants (and where appropriate, their dependents).